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Oregon Guardsman 'surprised' at attention for saving French train

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An Oregon man whose bravery has been acknowledged around the world is finally back home.

Oregon National Guard specialist Alek Skarlatos helped stop a terror attack on a French train, and since then he has received international attention, even meeting the French president.

After landing back in Oregon this weekend, Skarlatos said he's looking forward to a little more normalcy after what he's been through.

Skarlatos told a reporter with the Oregonian and OregonLive.com that the first thing he wanted to do when he got back home to Roseburg was laundry.

"(It) still doesn't feel normal from being in a ridiculous situation like that, I just wanted to survive a little surprised everyone wanted to give me attention about it," he said early Monday morning when he arrived at Portland International Airport.

The ridiculous situation Skarlatos referred to is when he and a couple friends, on vacation and taking a train from Amsterdam to Paris, attacked and subdued a gunman they saw moving through their car so that no other passengers would get hurt.

Since making international headlines, Skarlatos has been making rounds talking to national TV outlets, including a chat with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News last week.

“We both looked behind us and saw a guy entering our car with an AK 47, looking like he was trying to invoke a reaction or something like that and we  both ducked down immediately and I told Spencer lets go get him," he recounted on the show.

Skarlatos, his two friends and a British man all helped take down what could've been a terror attack, saving 500 passengers from becoming possible victims on the train.

Last week all of the men who helped step in were given France’s highest award, the Legion of Honor.

When asked what people should do if they're ever in a situation like he was in, Skarlatos was direct with his answer.

“Obviously do something,” he said. “Because you’re going to die anyways so just give it a shot."

Fox 12 spoke with Skarlatos’ step-mother on the phone Monday. She said the next thing up for him is a little rest, as he's been so overwhelmed with all the interviews and worldwide attention in the past couple weeks.

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