French train hero returns to Sacramento

Anthony Sadler, the Sacramento State student who helped disarm a gunman on a French train, returned to Sacramento Tuesday.

News networks reported that Sadler arrived around 7 p.m. in Sacramento, accompanied by his parents. He did not exit through the main gate nor speak with the press gathered at the airport for his return. It was the last leg of Sadler’s return to the U.S. He and his parents arrived at Hillsboro Airport near Portland, Ore., just after 3 p.m., Tuesday on a private jet.

Sadler was one of three Sacramento-area natives who received the French Legion of Honor award Monday for helping thwart a potential mass shooting on the train, which held 500 passengers. Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos grew up next to each other in Carmichael, and they met Sadler, the son of an Oak Park pastor, in middle school.

Sacramento State used its electronic billboard on Highway 50 on Tuesday to salute the three men. “We are proud of our hometown heroes,” read the billboard’s giant display.

Mayor Kevin Johnson said Monday that his office is planning a parade for the trio. No date has been set yet.

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