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New York’s most famous shoeless man stashes new boots

New York's most famous shoeless man stashes new boots

The homeless man who received a new pair of boots from a police officer in New York’s Times Square last month in what became a nationally celebrated act of kindness is once again walking the streets barefoot, having hidden the boots.

Unidentified for days after a photo of him with the boots and New York City Police Officer Larry DePrimo attracted national media attention, Jeffrey Hillman, 54, was spotted without shoes on Sunday evening on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, according to the New York Times.

“Those shoes are hidden. They are worth a lot of money. I could lose my life,” Hillman, 54, told the Times when asked about the boots.

Despite not wearing DePrimo’s gift, Hillman still said he was grateful for the officer’s charity.

“I appreciate what the officer did, don’t get me wrong. I wish there were more people like him in the world,” he told the Times.

Exactly how Hillman ended up living on the streets is unknown. His family had not heard from Hillman in nearly a year before they recognized him in the viral photo but said they would welcome him into their homes.