'It doesn't take much': Trooper's act of kindness caught on camera

August 15, 2019 09:33 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A state trooper was caught on camera serving out a small act of kindness to a stranger.

A photo shows a trooper at the counter of the Fastrac on Scottsville Road buying a meal for a man loaded down by his bag and sleeping gear.


We tracked down the trooper to find out the story behind the photo and what led up to that moment. It led us to the New York State Police barracks down the road where we found Tpr. Chris Mahoney.

With the Fastrac being nearby, it’s often a place he stops at. Last week, he noticed a drifter and decided to check up on the man.

“He said he was 37 years old, been drifting for 20 years. Originally from Vegas, traveled here to Rochester and is trying to get to New Orleans,” recalled Mahoney, who had no idea before speaking with the man that all of his material possessions were carried on his back. “He was a kind individual. I just wanted to get to know him, be proactive. I like to talk to people."

His kindness didn’t stop with a simple conversation.

“I asked him the last time he had anything to eat or drink because he looked thirsty," Mahoney said. "He said he had a donut that morning so I offered to buy him something to drink and to eat inside the Fastrac."

He had no idea the customer behind him snapped the photo, he wasn’t doing it for recognition. He explained that every day local emergency responders are doing small, unnoticed acts of kindness.

“Troopers, RPD, Monroe County sheriffs, I know people who have done good things for the community without trying to get recognition for it just because they want to help out and be a good public servant, a good person,” he expressed.

While at Troop E, we heard similar stories of troopers getting gas for a stranded motorist or knowing officers who would stop and talk with neighborhood kids, often engaging in games like basketball.

“It doesn’t take much, it doesn’t take money, it just takes someone to care, to take the time, which is our most important commodity," Mahoney said. "To take a moment to take the effort to give back to the community."

News10NBC wanted to highlight Mahoney as part of our #BeNicer campaign. The concept is simple: be nicer online and in real life.

His actions show it doesn’t cost you to be a little nicer.


Stephanie Robusto

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