The first two people to take credit for telling the NYPD about the smoking Pathfinder in Times Square on Saturday were vendors, disabled Vietnam vets exempted from the standard regulations the city puts on street merchants. Lance L. Orton, Sr., and Duane Jackson each got a call from President Obama thanking them for their role in averting the attack by Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Pakistan.

Today a third vendor came forward to say he was the first to sound the alarm. Alioune B. Niass, an immigrant from Senegal, tells us the story. When we happened on him, he was being interviewed by a reporter -- for this story?. Niass told the reporter he was telling the truth, and may he be struck by lightning if it was otherwise.

Video by Andrew Dallos

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