A single, unselfish act of even a stranger, someone else, is sometimes all it takes to remind us that we are all men and women no less capable ourselves of selfless acts of courage.
The actions of three Americans, Spencer Stone (not pictured here), Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, and one Englishman, Chris Norman, prevented what a French official said would have been “a terrible tragedy.” I know their simple act of selfless courage lifted my spirits as I read about what they had done.
The three Americans and the Englishman, and an instant before them a Frenchman, had rushed a heavily armed Moroccan gunman apparently about to fire on the passengers on a train heading to Paris, and knocked him unconscious, put him out of the action. In the scuffle only Stone was hurt, and his injuries were not life-threatening.
Mr. Skarlatos, in a Skype interview on Saturday, that appeared on television, barely 12 hours after it was all over, said: “Adrenaline mostly just takes over and I didn’t even realize, or fully comprehend, what was going on.”
The actions of Stone, Skarlatos and the others probably saved many lives on the train, which was packed with over 500 passengers.