Train hero recovering after California stabbing, in 'good spirits'

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Spencer Stone, the U.S. Air Force airman who helped thwart a train attack in France only to be stabbed in a fight outside a bar in his hometown of Sacramento, was in "good spirits" and able to get out of bed, hospital officials said on Friday.

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Stone, who along with friends Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos took down a gunman on a high-speed train bound for Paris in August, was stabbed in the torso several times early on Thursday. A witness said Stone was trying to break up a fight outside a bar between a man and a woman when he was stabbed.

UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento said Stone was upgraded to fair condition on Friday, meaning his vital signs were stable and within normal limits. He underwent two hours of surgery on Thursday to repair damage from the stab wounds and had been listed in serious condition on Thursday in the intensive care unit.

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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2015 file photo, Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone sits in the Oval Office of the White House during a meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington. An Air Force spokesman said on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, that Stone, who helped subdue an attacker on a Paris-bound train in August, is in stable condition after being stabbed in California. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
This frame from video provided by A&P Liquors, shows a group of people, including U.S. airman Spencer Stone, fighting outside a bar in Sacramento, Calif., in the early hours of Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Stone, who helped stop a terror attack on a French train in August, was stabbed and wounded, but is expected to survive. (A&P Liquors via AP)
This frame from video provided by A&P Liquors, shows a group of people, including U.S. airman Spencer Stone, fighting outside a bar in Sacramento, Calif., in the early hours of Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Stone, who helped stop a terror attack on a French train in August, was stabbed and wounded, but is expected to survive. (A&P Liquors via AP)
Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, left, has a closer look at Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone's, Purple Heart medal, during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Defense Secretary Ash Carter honored Skarlatos, Spencer and Anthony Sadler, with medals for their bravery in stopping a gunman a Paris-bound passenger train last month. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks to Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. An Air Force spokesman says Stone, who helped subdue an attacker on a French train in August, is in stable condition after being stabbed in California. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
A teddy bear sits at the site where Paris train hero Spencer Stone was found stabbed in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Stone, hailed as a hero for helping to tackle a gunman on a French train in August, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar early Thursday in what police said was an alcohol-related fight that had nothing to do with terrorism. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
A cyclist passes through the intersection of 21st & K St. in Sacramento, Calif., where Paris train hero Spencer Stone was stabbed during a fight in the early morning hours of Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Stone, who helped stop a terror attack on a French train over the summer, was stabbed and seriously wounded Thursday in a fight outside a California bar â the latest tragedy to befall him and his buddies since they returned home as heroes. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Dr. J. Douglas Kirk, chief medical officer at UC Davis Medical Center, speaks to members of the media about the condition of Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone after surgery, in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Stone, who helped stop a terror attack on a French train in August, was stabbed and wounded, but is expected to survive. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, one of three Americans that tackled a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train,is greeted by well-wishers after arriving at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Stone, who has been undergoing medical treatment in Germany since he and his two childhood friends, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and Sacramento college student Anthony Sadler subdued the gunman on a passenger train Aug. 21.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone waves before throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins at Nationals Park, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, in Washington. Stone, along with Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler where honored earlier today for subduing a gunman on a Paris-bound passenger train last month. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 20: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins talks with Airmen Spencer Stone, who was injured while helping stop an attack on a train in France, prior to the start of a game against the St. Louis Rams at FedExField on September 20, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 18: Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone prepares to throw out the first pitch before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on September 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Nationals won 5-4 in 10 innings. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2015 file photo, US Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone walks along the sidelines before an NFL football game in Landover, Md. An Air Force spokesman said Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, that Stone, who helped subdue an attacker on a Paris-bound train in August, is in stable condition after being stabbed in California. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
SACRAMENTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler wave to the crowd along Capitol Mall during a parade to honor their August 21 actions in overpowering a gunman on a Paris-bound train on September 11, 2015 in Sacramento, California. Thousands lined the street along Capitol Mall to celebrate their hometown heroes. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)
FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2015 file photo, French President Francois Hollande shakes hands with U.S. Airman Spencer Stone outside the Elysee Palace in Paris after Hollande awarded Stone and two friends with the French Legion of Honor for subduing a gunman on a Paris-bound train three days earlier. Stone is in stable condition Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, after being stabbed in Sacramento, Calif., according to an Air Force spokesman. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, File)
In this Aug. 24, 2015 picture, provided by U.S, Airforce Ramstein , Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone , right, meets Chief Master Sgt. Phillip Easton, 86th Airlift Wing command chief, upon his arrival to Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Stone, along with childhood friends Aleksander Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, was recently honored by French President François Hollande with the French Legion of Honour for subduing an armed gunman when he entered their train carrying an assault rifle, a handgun and a box cutter. Stone is an ambulance service technician with the 65th Medical Operations Squadron stationed at Lajes Field, Azores. (Staff Sgt. Sara Keller/U.S. Air Force via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
President Barack Obama poses for a photograph with Oregon National Guardsman, from left, Alek Skarlatos Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, to honor them for heroically subduing a gunman on a Paris-bound passenger train last month. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2015 file photo, U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, one of three Americans who tackled a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train on Aug. 21, arrives at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif. Stone is in stable condition Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, after being stabbed in Sacramento, Calif., according to an Air Force spokesman. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
French President Francois Hollande, second left, hugs U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, center, while Alek Skarlatos a U.S. National Guardsman from Roseburg, Oregon applauds after they were awarded with the Legion of Honor at the Elysee Palace, Monday Aug.24, 2015 in Paris, France. Hollande pinned the Legion of Honor medal on U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and their years-long friend Anthony Sadler, who subdued the gunman as he moved through the train with an assault rifle strapped to his bare chest. The British businessman, Chris Norman, also jumped into the fray. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)
ARLINGTON, VA - SEPTEMBER 17: U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone (C) is congratulated by U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (L) and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva during an awards ceremony for Stone and two other men who helped stop a gunman on a Paris-bound train last month at the Pentagon September 17, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. Stone received the Airman's Medal and the Purple Heart medal, Army Specialist Alek Skarlatos received the Soldier's Medal and Anthony Sadler received the Defense Department Medal for Valor. The three men helped overpower gunman Ayoub El-Khazzani, 25, after he opened fire on a Thalys train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris on August 21. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. Airman Spencer Stone attends a press conference held at the U.S. Ambassador's residence with Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento University in California, U.S. National Guardsman from Roseburg, Oregon, with Alek Skarlatos with Jane D. Hartley, U.S. Ambassador to France, in Paris, France, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Sadler, Skarlatos and Stone helped foil a potentially deadly attack when they subdued a man armed with an assault rifle and other weapons on board a high-speed train bound for Paris two days ago. The man was known to intelligence services in three countries and had ties to radical Islam, authorities said Sunday. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
This undated photo provided Saturday Aug. 22, 2015, by the U.S. Air Force showing Airman First Class Spencer Stone, of the 65th Air Base Group, Lajes Air Base, Azores, Portugal. A gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon aboard a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, wounding several people before being subdued by passengers, officials said. Air Force serviceman Spencer Stone moved to subdue the gunman and was seriously injured before going to administer first aid to a wounded passenger, and was hospitalized Saturday after being stabbed in the attack, though the Pentagon said the injury was not life-threatening. (U.S. Air Force via AP Photo)
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"He is awake, able to get out of bed and in good spirits," the hospital said in a statement. "He is continuing to recover."

Police have not said what prompted the altercation that led to the stabbing. Eric Cain, who works at a liquor store near the bar and witnessed the fight, told a local television station Stone had tried to intervene after a man punched a woman outside the bar.

Cain told the CBS Sacramento affiliate KOVR on Thursday a woman was arguing outside the bar with a man who appeared to be her boyfriend. She hit him with a plastic bag, and he then punched her in the face, Cain said.

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"The big dude, the white guy, stood up and kinda got in his face," Cain said, referring to Stone.

In the fight that ensued, Stone was stabbed several times in his torso, authorities said.

"I saw the back of his shirt. I saw a big red mark on the back of his shirt, and another random person walked by, and I just kinda went, 'I think the dude got stabbed,'" Cain said.

Authorities said Thursday's stabbing was unrelated to Stone's role in the train incident and had no connection to terrorism. Stone's assailant has not been caught.

After thwarting the train attack, Stone and his friends, all with roots in Sacramento, won accolades for their actions from the presidents of France and the United States, and were feted with a hometown parade.

(Additional reporting by Katie Reilly in New York; Editing by Will Dunham)

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