Homeless man barefoot again, after NYPD hero cop Lawrence DePrimo gave him new pair of boots

By on Dec 4, 2012 in Lifestyle, United States Comments

The Times Square homeless man is barefoot again, and was recently spotted in the same area, where NYPD cop Lawrence DePrimo gave him new pair of boots last November 14. DePrimo‘s act of kindness went viral after a tourist named Jennifer Foster took a photo, which was later posted at NYPD‘s Facebook page.

Homeless man barefoot Times Square

Jeffrey Hillman, the homeless man in Times
Square, who was given a new pair of boots by
NYPD hero cop Lawrence DePrimo

Image Credit: Robert Caplin/The New York Times

According to the New York Times on Sunday, December 2, 2012, the homeless man was identified as Jeffrey Hillman, who was spotted that night barefoot again, and is not wearing the $75-boots given to him by DePrimo. Hillman, 54, was interviewed by the paper and shared his story, and explained his side as well.

“Those shoes are hidden. They are worth a lot of money. I could lose my life.” Hillman was quoted telling to New York Times, adding that he did not recall anyone taking a photo of him but remembers well the NYPD officer giving him a new pair of boots. He said he was originally from South Plainfield, New Jersey.

“I was put on YouTube, I was put on everything without permission. What do I get? This went around the world, and I want a piece of the pie.” Hillman added, who said that he came to New York about ten years ago and had been on the streets most of that time, but did not explain why he ended up homeless.

“I appreciate what the officer did, don’t get me wrong. I wish there were more people like him in the world. I want to thank everyone that got onto this thing. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. It meant a lot to me. And to the officer, first and foremost.” Hillman said further.

Hillman also said that he has two children, Nikita, 22, and Jeffrey, 24, but they only had contact with them a few times since last year. He said he joined the US Army in 1978 and served as a “food service specialist” in the US and Germany and was honorably discharged after five years.

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