Police Officer Helps Elder Homeless Man Shave


Putting your best face forward can be a harrowing task when you live on the street.

On Sept. 11, a homeless man in Detroit was trying his best to give himself a shave, using a puddle in the road to rinse his razor, when Officer Jeremy Thomas came to offer a steady hand.


Jill Metiva Schafer and her family were also there in Comerica Park, regrouping after the Detroit Tigers game had been rained out. That’s when she spotted the exchange between Thomas and the homeless man, named Stanley Nelson, and snapped a few photos.


“What a great Detroit cop,” she wrote in a Facebook post that’s now going viral. “This officer went way above and beyond to help this man shave!”


“I took the picture because I thought it was such a kind, unselfish thing for an officer to do,” Schafer, from Saginaw Township, Mich., told “Good Morning America.” She added, “With all the negativity that police officers get, I wanted to show them in a positive light.”