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UPDATE: Boston Strong - Mystery shoveler ID'ed on social media

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A mystery man shovels the finish line of the Boston marathon during the blizzard.Photo by Philip L. Hillman A mystery man shovels the finish line of the Boston marathon during the blizzard.Photo by Philip L. Hillman

UPDATE: (NBC News) - Philip Hillman was taking a break from working in his Boston hotel room in the midst of Tuesday's crippling blizzard when he looked out the window and spotted the inspiring work of local bartender Chris Laudani.

Laudani, who works at the nearby Back Bay Social Club, was shoveling away the snow from the finish line of the Boston Marathon when Hillman spotted him and tweeted a photo of the scene.

The Boston Bay Social Club revealed on Twitter Wednesday that it was Laudani after the photo went viral and the Boston Police Department got involved. “I only did it to send a message…I love the Boston Marathon and everything it stands for, the finish line doesn't deserve to be covered in snow,” he explained to Boston Magazine.

Hillman saw an man (who was unidentified earlier) shoveling away the snow from the finish line of the Boston Marathon at noon on Tuesday. From the window of his room at the Charlesmark Hotel, Hillman tweeted a photo with the iconic hashtag #BostonStrong.

"I thought it was a powerful image when I looked at it,'' Hillman told TODAY.com. "I've been a resident of Massachusetts my whole life. For us, that finish line has become sacred ground. When I looked out there and saw that, I thought, 'How cool is that?' I love my city. It just was like, Boston is strong, and even the storm couldn't stop us."

Hillman, 44, who is a district manager for Rodney Strong Wine Estates, is from Lincoln, Massachusetts. He had gone to the hotel to work because of power outages as a result of the storm. The blizzard was still going strong when the man cleared the finish line, which was soon covered again by snow once he left.

"I was in the right place at the right time,'' Hillman said. "He maintained it for a little while, but it was in the middle of the blizzard. I had no idea it would affect people the way it has, and I'm happy it has touched as many people as it did."

In addition to the man spotted by Hillman, another mystery shoveler was later seen joining in this good deed.



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