Train hero Spencer Stone released from hospital following stabbing

Associate Professor of Surgery Garth Utter, Airman Stone and Fourth-Year Surgery Resident Eleanor Curtis (Courtesy UC Davis)

SACRAMENTO – U.S. Air Force Airman Spencer Stone, the Northern California hero who was stabbed last week in a late-night attack near a bar, was released from the UC Davis Medical Center Thursday afternoon.

Stone, 23, was attacked early morning on Oct. 9 by three men in the Sacramento nightclub district. Stone was stabbed in the chest multiple times and was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.

“Thanks very much to the first responders and the team here at UC Davis Medical Center for taking such good care of me,” Stone said. “Thanks, also, to my amazing family and friends for their love and support. 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.”

Sacramento Police continue to look for two men suspected in the stabbing.

“I am thrilled that Airman Stone is doing well and proud that our level I trauma center was here to help,” said UC Davis Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Ann Madden Rice. “All of us at UC Davis wish him well in his continued recuperation.”

Stone and two childhood friends from Sacramento were hailed as a heroes back in August for helping thwart a European terror attack.

Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and college student Anthony Sadler were vacationing in Europe when they tackled Ayoub El-Khazzani, a man with ties to radical Islam who had boarded the train with a Kalashnikov rifle, pistol and box cutter.

Officials said there is no connection between the Sacramento fight and the attack in France. Police have not said what started the argument but said there was no evidence the assailants knew who Stone was.

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