Heroic Times Square T-shirt vendor Lance Orton just 'an average guy'
Monday, May 3rd 2010, 10:37 PM
"My brother could have been killed," Gina Orton said, "and socould have thousands of people. ... It's a horrifying thought."
She's not surprised her brother acted the way he did. After all, he did such a good job looking out for her when they were kids, why shouldn't he now be looking out for all New York?
"He defended me from a lot of dangers and problems," she said. "He was a shield to me, a protector."
"He's always looking out for other people," she said.
Her brother has been inundated with calls from reporters.
"I'm overwhelmed," Lance Orton, 56, told the Daily News. "Do something good one day and you'll see."
The Vietnam veteran remains a reluctant hero. "I'm just an average guy," he insisted. "A glory hound seeks attention - that ain't me."
"He thanked me for taking notice when not a lot of people would have," said Jackson, 58, also a Vietnam vet. "He said 'The nation is proud of you.'"
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