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Heroes who stopped armed terrorist on train: 'He seemed like he was ready to fight to the end. So were we'

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Published 23/08/2015 | 19:07

HEROES: Anthony Sadler, from Pittsburg, California, Alek Skarlatos from Roseburg, Oregon, and Chris Norman, a British man living in France (L-R) — three men who helped to disarm an attacker on a train from Amsterdam to France — pose
with medals they received for their bravery at a restaurant in Arras, France
HEROES: Anthony Sadler, from Pittsburg, California, Alek Skarlatos from Roseburg, Oregon, and Chris Norman, a British man living in France (L-R) — three men who helped to disarm an attacker on a train from Amsterdam to France — pose with medals they received for their bravery at a restaurant in Arras, France

A US airman has recalled how he was awakened from a nap to help subdue a gunman on a high-speed train between the Netherlands and France.

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Spencer Stone said he woke up to find a man holding an assault rifle that "looked like it was jammed and it wasn't working".

(l to r) Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone, Jane D. Hartley, US Ambassador to France, and Alek Skarlatos pose for photographers (AP)
(l to r) Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone, Jane D. Hartley, US Ambassador to France, and Alek Skarlatos pose for photographers (AP)

In his first remarks since Friday's attack on an Amsterdam-to-Paris train, Mr Stone recounted how he and his friends tackled the gunman before choking him unconscious.

He was speaking at a live news conference at the US ambassador's residence in Paris along with Anthony Sadler and National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos.

Mr Stone, wearing a sling on his left arm, was injured in the attack and said he will receive further medical treatment in Germany.

Mr Stone added: "He seemed like he was ready to fight to the end. So were we."

He is hailed not only for being the first to grapple with the attacker but for helping to stop the bleeding of a French-American passenger wounded by a bullet.

Mr Stone said the attacker kept pulling out weapons from his bag and that he was stabbed in the neck and sliced on his hand.

He said his thumb was reattached during his hospital stay in Lille and he thanked the French doctors, police officers and others.

Mr Skarlatos said military training played a part in subduing the gunman.

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Handout photo issued by Arras City Hall of (left-right) Sacramento State University student Anthony Sadler, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and British consultant Chris Norman during a press conference at Arras City Hall, France, after they overpowered a gunman on a train in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. The men, who were travelling from Amsterdam to Paris aboard the high-speed Thalys train when the heavily armed man opened fire, received the Town of Arras medals for their bravery. See PA story POLICE Train. Photo credit should read: Frederic Leturque/Mayor of the Town of Arras/PA Wire
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BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Handout photo issued by Arras City Hall of (left-right) Sacramento State University student Anthony Sadler, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and British consultant Chris Norman during a press conference at Arras City Hall, France, after they overpowered a gunman on a train in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. The men, who were travelling from Amsterdam to Paris aboard the high-speed Thalys train when the heavily armed man opened fire, received the Town of Arras medals for their bravery. See PA story POLICE Train. Photo credit should read: Frederic Leturque/Mayor of the Town of Arras/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

"In the beginning it was mostly gut instinct, survival," he said. "Our training kicked in after the struggle."

US Ambassador Jane Hartley praised the three Americans, calling them heroes.

"We often use the word hero and in this case I know that word has never been more appropriate," she said.

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