French-American honored for helping thwart 2015 train attack
PARIS (AP) — President Francois Hollande has bestowed a Legion of Honor award on a French-American who was among passengers who stopped a gunman on a high-speed train in 2015, and was wounded after grabbing his assault rifle.
Mark Moogalian, 52, was honored on Thursday at the Elysee Palace. He was hospitalized when three Americans and a British man who overpowered Moroccan suspect, Ayoub El-Khazzani, were honored.
Moogalian grabbed an assault rifle from El-Khazzani then was shot with a handgun.
Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, U.S. Army Spc. Alek Skarlatos, their friend Anthony Sadler and Briton Chris Norman received the honor in August 2015, shortly after the drama. A Frenchman who asked to remain anonymous also was honored.
Moogalian, a musician and teacher, has lived in France for more than two decades.