‘I just love kids to smile’: RPD Officer’s act of kindness goes viral

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A fire Tuesday night in south Richmond forced a family from their home.

But now, it’s a responding Richmond Police Officer’s actions grabbing attention.

Officer De’Dongio Randall jokingly says he’s “cold-blooded,” and that’s why he didn’t miss a beat, stepping in to help a young boy forced from his home with bare feet.

Somebody took a photo of the exchange — and now it’s making the rounds on social media.

“In the academy, ya know, we always made sure to prepare our bag,” said Randall.

“I went in my bag, pulled out my handy-dandy Under Armour black socks and said, ‘there ya go my friend.'”

It was just a small gesture — but bringing plenty of big smiles to the Greater-Richmond community.

“I wear a 13 so I helped him roll them over,” said Randall Wednesday. 

“It was so funny.”

Randall tells 8News he finished field training just two months ago. His youthful warmth and sense-of-humor speak for itself.

“I sweated a lot growing up as a kid so being a big guy in the academy all my classmates used to be like, ‘man Randall — you need double shirts, you need extra socks and stuff.'”

Before he joined the ranks at RPD, Randall says he worked with Child Protective Services.

That explains the treasure trove he keeps in his trunk: Stuffed animals, a miniature Eeyore from “Winne the Pooh,” and plenty of Beanie Babies.

He says it’s all for the kids.

“It was just something that I did, ya know. Having toys and stuff. I just love kids to smile.”

Randall tells 8News he is glad he and his partner were there to help — and he doesn’t expect to get his socks back.

“He can have them,” he said with a smile.

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