When Nassau County Police Officer Nicholas Felitti was called to a house in Locust Valley to check on the welfare of the resident there on Good Friday, he found a man in his 50s without food or money and asking for help.
Felitti suggested some social services groups that might offer assistance — but the 25-year police department veteran didn’t want to leave without giving the man more of a helping hand, department officials said.
So Felitti went to a nearby supermarket and bought about $40 worth of groceries — with his own money — for the man, officials said. Felitti didn’t tell anyone, but the man called the Second Precinct and wrote a letter praising Felitti, officials said.
For his gesture, Felitti was named a “Top Cop” at yesterday’s meeting of the Nassau Legislature, where he received a citation and congratulations from acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter.
“He proves that we’re not just police officers, we’re also human beings, we’re also members of the community,” said Pete Paterson, first vice president of the Nassau Police Benevolent Association.
Felitti said he knew the man from the neighborhood, and “wanted him to have a nice Easter.”
Felitti said he filled his cart with “Cheerios, chicken, steak, apples, potatoes, milk, bread, eggs, butter,” and the man was very appreciative.
“He came to the police department for help, and I just didn’t want to leave without helping him,” said Felitti. “It’s something all police do every day.”
Felitti said he’s since checked in with the man and he is doing better.