Americans, Briton who thwarted attack get France's top honor

Aug 24, 2015 7:55 AM by Cheryl Wengren

PARIS (AP) - Three Americans and a British man who took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium have received France's top honor.

French President Francois Hollande today pinned the Legion of Honor medal on U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and their years-long friend Anthony Sadler, who subdued the gunman as he moved through the train with an assault rifle strapped to his bare chest. The British businessman, Chris Norman, also jumped into the fray.

Hollande said the men showed "that faced with terror, we have the power to resist. You also gave a lesson in courage, in will, and thus in hope."

The gunman, identified as 26-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El-Khazzani, is detained and being questioned by French counterterrorism police outside Paris.


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