Tulsa County Sheriff's deputy Brandon Hendrix is being praised for the random act of kindness Wednesday when he took the barefoot woman to Wal-Mart for shoes

By Char Adams
October 06, 2016 10:57 AM

One Oklahoma deputy is receiving praise for going beyond the call of duty.

Tulsa County sheriff’s deputy Brandon Hendrix was working security Wednesday afternoon when he happened to see a woman walking down the street barefoot, a Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman tells PEOPLE.

“So he stopped and offered to take her and buy her a pair of shoes,” she says.

“She thought she was going to get arrested, he said, ‘No, no I really mean it. I’d like to take you and buy you a pair of shoes since you don’t have any.’ ”

The pair, along with another deputy, drove to a nearby Wal-Mart and let the woman pick out a pair of shoes — “and they matched the dress she was wearing so she was excited,” the spokeswoman tells PEOPLE, adding that the deputy bought her a pair of socks as well.

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The sheriff’s office posted a photo of Hendrix and the shoe-less woman standing at a self-checkout register at Wal-Mart.

The spokeswoman says that the accompanying deputy was so “moved” by the act that he decided to snap the photo.

“Random act of kindness alert: Dep. noticed this woman doesn’t own a pair of shoes. So he took her shopping and let her pick out a new pair,” officials wrote in a tweet on Wednesday.

The photo, shared on Facebook as well as Twitter, soon spread through the Tulsa social media community, and users praised the deputy’s generosity.

As one wrote, “this is the kind of policing I can support keep it up.”