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Tampa group salutes federal shutdown lawn guy

With chain saw from Tampa’s Crowd It Forward, Chris Cox of Mount Pleasant, S.C., can widen his repertoire.

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With chain saw from Tampa’s Crowd It Forward, Chris Cox of Mount Pleasant, S.C., can widen his repertoire.

Washington, D.c. -- Chris Cox gained folk-hero status during the government shutdown when he stormed the lawn of the closed-off Lincoln Memorial and single-handedly mowed it.

On Wednesday afternoon, Cox returned to the hallowed site of his rogue yard care, where a power equipment retailer and executives from a fundraising website recognized his service by presenting him with a chain saw.

"It's an honor to be able to present Chris with this chain saw," said Belmont Power Equipment's Robert Hill of the Stihl MS 660, which retails for approximately $1,200. Originally, Crowd It Forward, a Tampa-based website that raises money for do-gooders nationwide, wanted to buy Cox a riding lawn mower. Kendell Almerico, the nonprofit group's chief executive, contacted Cox and learned that he wasn't a professional lawn care specialist but rather a sculptor.

Cox plans to use the chain saw — as well as $1,701 in cash donations Crowd It Forward collected for him — for his new endeavor, the Memorial Militia, which will perform random acts of lawn mowing, brush clearing, tree trimming and leaf blowing for infirm veterans.

Tampa group salutes federal shutdown lawn guy 11/15/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 15, 2013 1:25pm]
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