American Heroes Foil Terror Attack, Awarded France's Highest Honor

August 25, 2015Aug 25, 2015

This past Friday, a would-be Islamic terrorist boarded a train heading to Paris, France with an assault rifle and planned to savagely murder innocent civilians.

Luckily for the riders of the train, American servicemen were aboard.  As soon as the first shots were fired, US Airman Spencer Stone was awakened by his friend National Guardsman Alex Skarlatos.  Skarlatos slapped Stone’s shoulder, “Let’s Go!”. 

The two servicemen and their friend, Anthony Sadler, rushed towards the terrorist.  Also joining in to subdue the extremist was a British businessman, Chris Norman.  The four heroes tackled Ayoub El-Khazzani and wrestled the rifle and other weapons away from him.  The men started punching El-Khazzani and Stone choked him unconscious.

The heroic actions of the 3 Americans and 1 Briton prevented a massacre from occurring on the crowded train.  According to a recent Fox news article, their heroism has captured the attention of the President of France.

On Sunday, the four heroes were awarded France’s highest honor, Legion d'honneur (Legion of Honor) by French President Francois Hollande, "You behaved as soldiers but also as responsible men.  That faced with terror, we have the power to resist ... You also gave a lesson in courage, in will, and thus in hope." 

"Since Friday, the entire world admires your courage, your sangfroid, your spirit of solidarity," Hollande said. "This is what allowed you to with bare hands -- your bare hands -- to subdue an armed man. This must be an example for all, and a source of inspiration."


 From left to right:  British businessman Chris Norman, Anthony Sadler (student at Sacramento State), French President Francois Hollande, US Airman Spencer Stone, and US National Guardsman Alex Skarlatos.