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One-Man Memorial Militia Collects Reward For His Efforts

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The guy with the chainsaw and a South Carolina flag was back on the National Mall on Wednesday afternoon.

Chris Cox collected a ‘thank you’ gift from the Internet fans he gained after he cleaning up D.C.’s memorials — even though the National Park Service didn’t want him to — during the 16-day government shutdown in October.

Cox’s story went viral after being reported first by WNEW. He told WNEW’s John Domen that he wasn’t motivated by politics, but felt obligated to help as veterans prepared to descend on the nation’s capital for the Million Vet March.

Cox’s tasks included clearing fallen branches from walking paths and mowing grass. He called himself the Memorial Militia.

Crowditforward.com started a $1,500 fundraiser to get Cox some new gear and donate any additional money raised to military charities.

Cox received the new equipment Wednesday afternoon but the fundraiser runs through the end of the year.

In a second October interview with WNEW, Cox said when he’s not using his chainsaw on fallen tree branches, he’s creating and selling wooden sculptures of wildlife.

Chris Cox was back on the National Mall with his South Carolina flag on Nov. 13, 2013, receiving a new chainsaw that was purchased from money raised on the Internet. (Photo by George Mesthos/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Chris Cox was back on the National Mall with his South Carolina flag on Nov. 13, 2013, receiving a new chainsaw that was purchased from money raised on the Internet. (Photo by George Mesthos/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

WNEW’s George Mesthos contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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