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Trooper Luke Bonin Buys Lunch, Stages Picnic for Homeless Panhandler

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By    |   Thursday, 19 May 2016 11:09 AM

A photo of Massachusetts State Trooper Luke Bonin sharing a lunch with a homeless mother of four has gone viral with more than 138,000 likes on the agency's Facebook page.

Bonin, assigned to the State Police Dartmouth Barracks, had left court in Fall River when he drove by the woman, identified by WBZ-TV as Lynn Murphy. She was holding a sign asking for help on Davol Street, according to the state police Facebook page.



"Trooper Bonin continued to drive on – directly to a local establishment, where he ordered two meals," the state police Facebook page stated. "He returned to the woman, pulled up, and exited his cruiser. Thinking he was there to remove her from the side of the road, she immediately stated to him that she would leave, that she knew she shouldn't be there with her sign. But Trooper Bonin told her, 'I'm not here to kick you out.' He then extended the two meals and told her to pick one."

Murphy, a mother of four, told WBZ-TV that she was surprised by the gesture, but was even more surprised when the trooper stuck around.

"I thought he was just going to hand me the meal but when he said, 'Come around the back, it's such a beautiful day, we'll have a picnic,' I thought that was, it touched my heart," Murphy said to the television station.

What was thought to be a little-known lunch conversation became an Internet sensation when motorist Jack Morse snapped a picture of the encounter and posted it online with the caption, "And they say chivalry is dead… Much respect."

"He just stopped, could have given her a hard time, and didn't," Morse told the television station. "And, we need that."

The state police Facebook page commended Bonin for his actions.

"Yes, Trooper Bonin, we know you do not want or expect publicity," said the State Police Facebook page. "We know you didn't want to be noticed, but you were, and the job is proud of you."

The heartwarming gesture continued to be a big hit on social media.






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