Train hero released from California hospital after stabbing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. airman hailed as a hero for helping thwart a European terror attack was released from the hospital where he had been for a week following an unrelated stabbing, officials said Thursday.

U.S. Air Force Airman Spencer Stone was knifed three times in the torso on Oct. 8 in a fight near a bar in Sacramento, California.

He was released Thursday from UC Davis Medical Center, and thanked the first responders and the team at UC Davis Medical Center for taking “such good care of me,” according to a statement released by the medical center.

“Thanks, also, to my amazing family and friends for their love and support,” he said in the statement. “And, thanks to everyone who has sent encouragement during this challenging time. I’m focused now on healing and recovering and look forward to the next part of my journey.”

The brawl occurred shortly after Stone, 23, left a nightclub where patrons applauded him for helping tackle a gunman with ties to radical Islam on a Paris-bound passenger train in August. Police say the assault had nothing to do with the European terror plot.

Grainy surveillance video from outside a liquor store shows a large man who appears to be Stone fighting a half dozen people at an intersection. No arrests have been made.

On behalf of his family, Stone’s mother, Joyce Eskel, also thanked his care team and the well-wishers who expressed concern and support for her son.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support from our family and friends, the Sacramento area, the Air Force, and people around the world. Thank you all,” she said in the statement. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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