Train Hero Reflects on Learning Thwarted Attack Was Linked to Paris Terror Ringleader
Spencer Stone says he was “shocked” to discover that the ringleader behind the Paris terror attacks was the same terrorist behind the attempted train attack he helped foil.
That man was 27-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud. He was killed in a police raid shortly after the November attacks.
“It really opens my eyes to find that out,” Stone said this morning on “Fox and Friends.”
U.S. Air Force Sgt. Stone rose to national acclaim this summer for helping thwart the plot to kill passengers on a high-speed train heading to Paris.
The news about Abaaoud, he said, only helped solidify that he had done the right thing.
“We did what we had to do,” he said. “I knew it could have been a lot worse if we hadn’t done anything.”
Stone was in New York this week to receive the U.S.O.’s George Van Cleave Military Leadership Award.
“Getting the award was an honor,” he said. “There was a representative from each branch that received the award, and they are just a group of great people.”
The airman got the news of his nomination just shortly before he stepped in to defend a woman in a dispute in California, leaving him with several stab wounds.
Now, said Stone, he is excited to return to work on Dec. 21.
"I'm ready to get back in it," he said with a smile. "Tired of getting injured."