Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone Ramstein
Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone is greeted with a hero’s welcome as he and Aleksander Skarlatos, an Army specialist in the Oregon National Guard, arrive at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 24, 2015. More than 500 Airmen and their families came out to line the streets and thank Stone and his friends for their bravery. Stone arrived at Ramstein while in transit to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center for follow-on medical treatment.|Photo by U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Sara Keller

Spencer Stone, Service Members Get Heroes Welcome at Ramstein

Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone and his friends helped prevent a shooting on a Paris-bound train by risking their own lives and taking down the gunman.

The following is a release from the 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs:

Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone arrived safely at Ramstein Air Base Aug. 24 via military airlift after receiving emergency medical care for injuries sustained while subduing an armed gunman aboard a French train Aug. 21.

“We are grateful for Airman Stone’s quick thinking and courageous actions and are thrilled to have him back safely with us and receiving follow-on care,” said Brig. Gen. Jon T. Thomas, the 86th Airlift Wing commander. “We’re thankful to our French partners for taking care of him and providing him the initial medical treatment he needed.”

Stone was subsequently transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, where the injuries he sustained during the incident will be assessed by military health care providers and the necessary treatment will be provided.

Stone, along with fellow traveler and childhood friend Aleksander Skarlatos, who is assigned to the Oregon National Guard, flew to Ramstein AB from Paris after receiving the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award, from French President Francois Hollande.

Airman Stone is assigned to the 65th Medical Operations Squadron at Lajes Field, Azores, as an ambulance services technician.

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