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

"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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