Spencer Stone

Spencer Stone, who was one of three men who helped thwart a terror attack on a Paris-bound train, will speak in El Dorado.

Spencer Stone, who was one of three men who helped thwart a terror attack on a Paris-bound train, will tell his story at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 10 at the El Dorado Conference Center.

The event is free as part of the annual South Arkansas Community College Lecture Series.

Then-Air Force Staff Sgt. Stone was vacationing in Europe in 2015 when he boarded a train in Amsterdam with childhood friends Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos.

Nearing Paris, a 25-year-old terrorist armed with an automatic rifle left his seat and began firing the weapon, roaming the train cars with the intent of killing passengers.

Stone and his two friends were unarmed but apprehended the terrorist.

Stone and his friends were bestowed by the French government with the Légion d'Honneur. Stone also received the United States Air Force Airman’s Medal and a Purple Heart.

Just weeks after returning stateside, Stone was in an altercation and became the victim of an attempted murder by an ex-convict who, it was determined, did not know or recognize Stone and was not connected to terrorist activities. Stone recovered after treatment.

The three friends wrote a book about their experiences that became the basis of Clint Eastwood’s film, "The 15:17 to Paris.”

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