A KOTV news photojournalist working a story on a cold morning in Tulsa notices a man without any shoes and quietly gives him his.
Jerome Akintunde, a photojournalist for KOTV, Griffin’s CBS affiliate in Tulsa, Okla., was shooting a live shot at the Tulsa County Jail this morning when he did something extraordinary.
I’m going to let Reagan Ledbetter, a KOTV reporter who witnessed the act and wrote about it on the station’s Facebook page, take it from here.
I have a story I want to tell…. He doesn’t know I’m posting this (I’m sure he doesn’t want me to because he doesn’t want the attention) but I am going to brag on my photographer and friend. I just witnessed true KINDNESS.
This morning at 7:30 my photographer and I finished up our last live shot of the morning (very cold morning) at the Tulsa County Jail. Like any morning we started to put away the lights, the camera and the rest of the gear in the car, so we could hop inside and warm up.
All of a sudden my photographer started walking towards the entrance of the jail (I thought he was throwing away some trash). After I put the gear in the car I look over and I see him talking to a man in shorts and a T-shirt, with no shoes on … just socks. He just got out of jail minutes earlier. It was 25 degrees outside.
That’s when all of a sudden I noticed my photographer take his shoes off … then he slid them over to the shivering man. The man put them on. I saw him say “thank you” and my photographer walked back to our car.
As he walked up, I looked at him and said “did you just give away your shoes?” … he looks at me and says “he needed them more than me. It’s cold out here.”
I asked the man if I could take his picture with his new shoes and he said yes, smiled and says “God bless you guys!”
Thank you Jerome. Thank you for setting an example of kindness and selflessness. You made me want to be a better person this morning.
Here are just a few of the Facebook comments this post generated.
What an amazing heart and story you have Jerome. The world needs more Jeromes.
How we’re supposed to treat others. Love this!!
This is just wonderful! This touches my heart so much, this selfless act of kindness and generosity made me cry tears of joy! What a kind heart and soul you have Jerome and thank you for your wonderful kindness. God bless you sir and have a very Merry Christmas 🎁🎄♥️ P.S thanks for sharing 💕
What an awesome thing he did. So good to read good news.
Jerome is an outstanding human being.
NOTE: Thanks to FTVLive, which first reported this story.