Stopping the Times Square Bomber

In addition to being honored as one of TIME Magazine's People of the Year, 2010, Duane Jackson was presented the prestigious Patriot Award by the American Legion -- an honor given to recognize great deeds and exemplary acts of service for alerting authorities in NYC to an SUV strapped with explosives, helping thwart the would-be terror plot of the "Times Square Bomber."

Duane Jackson

.....Duane Jackson, known as "Smokey" to his oldest friends, is an entrepreneur, community and civic leader. The owner of Duane's of Times Square since 1989, Jackson is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in City Planning and post-graduate work in Transportation Planning at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC. Prior to establishing his own business, Jackson worked with the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development, the New York City Board of Education (Division of School Buildings) and the engineering firm of Ewell Finley, PC, Inc.

.....A United States Navy veteran of the Vietnam era, Jackson has been a longtime advocate of Veterans rights. In 1998 he established New York Chapter 817 of the Vietnam Veterans of American and remains its president; having been a member since 1993. Additionally, Jackson has worked as a longtime member of The American Legions, Disabled American Veterans and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). Dedicated to the ideals of community and service, Jackson's passion is "each one reaching one" and giving back; so in 2003 he founded the Golden Decade Foundation. The GDF ( is comprised of African-American 1970s graduates of Boston area colleges and universities. In addition to enhancing economic and wealth-building networking opportunities among its members, the GDF was created to provide higher education opportunities to the children of its members with educational and personal guidance, scholarship assistance, cultural and political support... whatever is needed to help a young person thrive.

.....On May 1, 2010, Jackson's life changed forever. Ever vigilant by nature, training and conviction, that is the day Jackson is "grateful" to have had the presence of mind to question the illegally parked, vacant SUV sitting not more than five feet from his stand at 45th and Broadway in New York City; packed with enough explosives to annihilate the entire bustling Times Square area. That "common sense" response has afforded Jackson the opportunity to address law enforcement, veterans, government and education groups across the country; including the 92nd National Convention of the American Legion in Milwaukee, following General Erik Shinseki, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense Secretary Robert Gates. He was thanked by President Obama, recognized by the Governor of New York, the New York State Assembly, the New York City Council, and the Westchester County towns of Buchanan and Cortland; and received the American Legions Patriots Award, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund American Patriot Award, the NOBLE Distinction Award and the Hendrick Hudson School District Citizenship Award.

.....Jackson was hand-picked to participate in the 2010 FBI Citizen's Academy in New York and was selected as class president by his peers. In January 2011, Jackson was named one of Time Magazine's "People of the Year." He has appeared on Good Morning America (ABC), The Today Show (NBC), MSNBC, Inside Edition (Syndicated) ABC World News Tonight, Fox and Friends, The Tom Joyner Morning Show and Gayle King's FX radio show.

.....Jackson and his wife Linda live in Westchester County, New York and are the proud parents of two children – Tiffany and Duane, Jr.