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Amazing People: The guys on the train


Here are three of them, but there were five involved in the scuffle that disarmed the terrorist and stopped the attack on the train going from Amsterdam to Paris.

The first to do something was a 28 y/o Frenchman who saw El Khazzani come out of the bathroom with the kalashnikov. Then Stone, Sadler and Skarlatos stepped in. They were helped by a 62 y/o British expat named Chris Norman.

Just watched their interview at the US embassy, they seem like genuinely nice guys. Someone should start a Go Fund Me campaign for these guys. Who knows how many people might be dead now had they not intervened?

10 comments on “Amazing People: The guys on the train

  1. inspiredbythedivine1
    August 23, 2015

    Terrific fellows. Great story.

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  2. Cara
    August 23, 2015

    Great story.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. They reminded me of the Heroes on United Flight 93 who crashed into Shanksville Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. My sister has a term for it, Citizen Soldiers. In other words they are plain old citizens but when confronted with terrorism they act respond like a soldier on duty.

    Not often mentioned in the news article is that a French Citizen tried to stop the terrorist when he first came out of the bathroom. I guess it is easier to subdue a terrorist when you have the help of your buddies. They are heroes though, something really much much worse could have gone down on that train.

    Gosh France, not even a year since #JeSuisCharlie.

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  4. roughseasinthemed
    August 23, 2015

    Well, my dear mirror image a few hundred miles north of me, how strange that we both post on the same topic within a couple of hours of each other?

    When I was reading around, I looked to see if I could find any criticism of their action and I couldn’t. No one has yet said they shouldn’t have bashed him unconscious with his own AK 47!

    I think the courageous Frenchman who first intervened shows exactly why the American-led attack did work. It wasn’t just one person in isolation, plus, their military training.

    But I agree. Amazing people. Should I travel long distance again, I’ll try and book a journey with a load of military people on board.

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      August 23, 2015

      It seems the Frenchman has chosen to remain anonymous.
      The Moroccan was apparently crazed. One of the Americans had to have his finger re-attached. Nerves re-connected etc.They explained they kept beating him because he just wouldn’t stop. They’d take away a weapon and he’d pull out another.

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      • roughseasinthemed
        August 23, 2015

        I thought the Roccy had tried to slice off his thumb as well. Stanley knives are nasty. A works with them all the time, and he’s occasionally cut himself.nearly passed out once, so being hacked by one vicious person intent on GBH or more can’t even be imagined.

        I couldn’t find much out about the Frenchman, but he too deserves praise for his bravery. Whoever he is.

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  5. Hariod Brawn
    August 23, 2015

    Kudos and praise seem a scant response to the many lives they saved, yet must be given in full measure nonetheless. Somehow, there always seems to be a hero on-hand at these atrocities – Charlie Hebdo and the supermarket employee Lassana Bathily who hid the customers in the cold store, and the equally amazing Ingrid Louya-Kennett in London who talked to the beheader of Lee Rigby as he held the bloodied machete in his hand (awaiting the arrival of the police).

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  6. clubschadenfreude
    August 23, 2015

    good decent humans. I would like to think I would do as they did. They are the best of humanity.

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  7. acflory
    August 23, 2015

    I’d donate. These guys are heroes in every sense of the word, and their bravery reminds me of the 4th plane hijacked on 9/11, the one that went down short of its target because the passengers tackled the terrorists. They were heroes too, each and every one of them.

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  8. Helen Devries
    August 24, 2015

    Heroes….the ordinary people. As always.

    Liked by 1 person

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