US airman hero who thwarted train attack considers career in politics

January 12, 2016 4:30 pm

 In
this Sept. 17, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks to Air
Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone in the Oval Office of the White
House in Washington. Photo / AP

A U.S. airman who was hailed as a hero for helping thwart a terror
attack on a Paris-bound train and later survived a stabbing attack in
his hometown of Sacramento will be a guest Tuesday of first lady
Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address.
Attending the
presidential address will be the highlight of the acclaim that followed
last year’s thwarted train attack, Staff Sgt. Spencer Stone told The
Associated Press on Monday.
The previous highlight was meeting Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, he said.
Stone plans to finish his commitment to the U.S. Air Force then use his veteran benefits to pursue a college degree.
After
that, he said, he may consider a career in politics, though he
described himself as a typical 23-year-old who frequently changes his
mind.

“It never has been a thought in my head before, but being
around different politicians and meeting them and what they do, it’s
pretty interesting,” Stone said of a potential political career.
Among the other possible future careers would be medicine or federal law enforcement, if his health allows it.
Stone
suffered a severely cut thumb and a knife wound to his neck in August
when he and two childhood friends from Sacramento, California, stopped a
terror attack aboard a Paris-bound passenger train.
Stone,
National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and college student Anthony Sadler
were vacationing in Europe when they tackled Ayoub El-Khazzani, a man
who authorities said has ties to radical Islam and boarded the train
with a Kalashnikov rifle, pistol and box cutter.
Stone was knifed
on Oct. 8 in a fight near a bar in Sacramento shortly after nightclub
patrons applauded him for his role in stopping the gunman.

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