Published: Dec 16, 2010 11:29 PM EST
Updated: Dec 16, 2010 7:54 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A security officer credited with saving the lives of several Panama City, Fla., school board members says he was just doing his job and is no hero.

Mike Jones is well known in Panama City as "Salvage Santa" for his work providing Christmas gifts for needy children. He was in the building Tuesday when a gunman interrupted a school board meeting and threatened to kill its members.

Jones said he was supposed to be on vacation but instead was at the building to be available to answer some security questions during the meeting.

The retired detective said at a Panama City news conference Thursday that he wants to forget the showdown that resulted in gunman Clay Duke's death and get back to his charitable efforts helping the less fortunate.