(NEW YORK) — It has been less than a week since New York City Police Officer Lawrence DePrimo’s act of kindness rocked around the world thanks to a tourist’s photo and a Facebook post.
DePrimo, who used his own money to buy a homeless man shoes on a frigid November night, was praised for his generosity and held up as an example of the many selfless acts that go unnoticed every day. But many were left wondering what happened to the homeless man he’d helped.
The New York Times tracked down Jeffrey Hillman, 54, and found him without shoes on New York City’s Upper West Side.
“Those shoes are hidden. They are worth a lot of money,” he told the paper. “I could lose my life.”
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Stephen Collinson, CNN Newswire
Ashley Fantz and AnneClaire Stapleton, CNN Newswire