Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Tampa group salutes federal shutdown lawn guy

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.

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