A photo posted to Middletown Division of Police Facebook page showed an officer giving a homeless man a pizza and drink. PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook

Police officer delivers pizza to homeless man

Officer Deaton was recognized for his deed on the police division’s Facebook page Wednesday after he delivered a pizza and drink to the man.

“Sometimes we all just need a little help,” the post said. “You never know what someone may be going through.”

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Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw was not surprised by Deaton's actions, but he was proud. He said officers have purchased Christmas gifts for families, delivered food during the holidays and given rides to the homeless. 

In the Facebook post, the police department encouraged others to "pay it forward."

The post quickly went viral, with over 3,000 likes and 1,200 shares in less than a day.

This photo makes us sad and happy all at the same time. Officer Deaton gave some pizza and soda to a homeless man that...

Posted by Middletown Division of Police on Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Journal-News contributed to this report.

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