'Something wasn't right'

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'Something wasn't right'
Legionnaire Duane Jackson is interviewed on Good Morning America this morning.

Duane Jackson has worked as a vendor, selling pocket books, wallets, watches, scarves and golf clubs, for 13 years at the same spot in Times Square in New York City. He knows when someone has parked a car in a spot where it doesn't belong. So when Jackson saw that situation arise on Saturday, he went to investigate.

Little did Jackson know that his actions might have saved several lives. The SUV Jackson checked on wound up containing three barbecue-sized propane tanks, two five-gallon cans filled with gasoline, M-88 firecrackers, two clocks with batteries, electrical wire and other components. The area was evacuated before disaster occurred and the bomb squad was called - what could have been a terrorist attack was averted.

Jackson, a 15-year member of Frank A. Johnson American Legion Post 758 in Johnson City, N.Y., remained humble despite the publicity that included appearances on "Good Morning America" and on FOX News.

"I just did what I normally would have done," said Jackson, who watched the World Trade Center fall while on Wall Street on Sept. 11. "Where the SUV was parked, it wasn't blocking the street, but the street is so narrow there that buses would have had trouble turning around it. I walked over there to say, ‘Hey, can you move it, buddy?' No one was in the car, but I noticed that the keys were in the ignition and the hazard lights were blinking, and I started to think that something wasn't right.

"Then a local beat cop I know came over and asked me whose was on. Right after that, the car started smoking, the fireworks went off, and everyone started running."

The Vietnam War Navy veteran was stunned by the recognition his act brought him. "Never would I thought that this would have caused all of this. It's really been frantic," he said.

During his interview on "Good Morning America" this morning, Jackson proudly wore his Legion cap.

"I wore it because I'm a big supporter of this organization," he said. "I think it's a great organization, and I will do everything I can to support it and promote it."

VIDEO: Watch New York City Mayor and Duane Jackson on Good Morning America

 

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rogheir

December 29, 2010 - 11:38am

Duane you are a smart man and very watchful. I hand salute you. Good luck in all you do. Roger Lake Sgt-At-Arms American Legion Post 324 Jackson, MI

drpc1a

May 10, 2010 - 3:26pm

Yet one fact being ignored in the American media’s sensationalist narrative about the failed bombing is that the man who was responsible for police finding the bomb was Muslim. The UK’s Times Online reports that Aliou Niasse, a Senagalese Muslim immigrant who works as a photograph vendor on Times Square, was the first to bring the smoking car to the police’s attention: Aliou Niasse, a street vendor selling framed photographs of New York, said that he was the first to spot the car containing the bomb, which pulled up right in front of his cart on the corner of 45th street and Broadway next to the Marriott hotel.

CLCollins

May 6, 2010 - 9:55pm

I salute you Duane for doing right and you did well, sir!

jack5935

May 4, 2010 - 4:58pm

I saw your interview yesterday (Monday) on Fox News. I took a double take when I saw the Blue Cap!! You are truly a hero and by your immediate action you save lot of lives. You make me proud that I am a Legionaire! God Bless you, Mr. Jackson!

post241

May 4, 2010 - 9:49am

As an employee of The American Legion = Department of New York, I am truly proud of this Vietnam veteran who took that extra mile to investigate further in his own words "something wasn't right". Because of his concern, he saved a city and many lives. What a true hero. Congratulations, Mr. Jackson.....

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