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Life goes on for Sacramento train heroes: Promotion, the foxtrot on ‘DWTS’ and university life

Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, left, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, center, and Anthony Sadler are seen at a Capitol ceremony after the Sacramento parade held Friday in their honor for stopping a gunman on a Paris-bound passenger train.
Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, left, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, center, and Anthony Sadler are seen at a Capitol ceremony after the Sacramento parade held Friday in their honor for stopping a gunman on a Paris-bound passenger train. The Associated Press

One the three men who saved lives aboard a Paris-bound train last month got points for his dancing ability before a nationwide television audience and another on Tuesday got word that he’s getting a promotion.

Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler have already been given France’s highest award, the Legion of Honor – and received a hero’s parade in Sacramento. The three friends from the Sacramento area thwarted a terrorist attack Aug. 21 on a train from Amsterdam to Paris.

The Air Force reported on Tuesday that Airman 1st Class Stone is being promoted to staff sergeant by Nov. 1.

His promotion was announced at the Air Force Association’s 2015 national convention. Stone was stabbed in the neck and nearly had his thumb cut off when he led the rush to subdue a man with an assault weapon, handgun and a box cutter on the train.

Meanwhile, Skarlatos was impressing the judges on “Dancing With The Stars.” Skarlatos, who has very little dancing experience, teamed with professional dancer Lindsay Arnold. The pair danced the foxtrot Monday, the opening night of the latest edition of the series. They received a score of 22 out of 30 points.

Host Tom Bergeron said Skarlatos had the judges’ jaws dropping with his performance and Carrie Ann Inaba judged the effort “one of the best dances of the night.”

The third man in the train trio, Sadler, is back in school. Sadler, a senior at Sacramento Stat, majoring in kinesiology, earlier took time to appear as a guest on “The Tonight Show.”

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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