Alek Skarlatos: I should have been at Umpqua today

Aleksander R. "Alek" Skarlatos calls into the Greta Van Sustern show on Fox News, fearing for friends and family at Umpqua Community College where he was enrolled for fall classes.

Alek Skarlatos | Promotional Image courtesy of ABC Dancing With The Stars
Alek Skarlatos | Promotional Image courtesy of ABC Dancing With The Stars

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2015 – Aleksander R. “Alek” Skarlatos, the American hero who with his friends Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler saved lives on the Amsterdam to Paris train this summer, now fears for friends and family at Umpqua Community College.

The 20-year-old Skarlatos was registered to attend the college this fall before his life so dramatically changed. Born to immigrant Emanuel Skarlatos and Heidi Hanson on Oct. 10, 1992, Skarlatos is from Roseburg, Ore. Skarlatos’ stepmother, Karen Skarlatos,works at the college.

Skarlatos, an Army National Guard specialist, is a graduate of Roseburg High School and has been in the Oregon Army National Guard three years.  He was deployed in Afghanistan for nine months (Wiki).

Skarlatos called into the “Greta Van Sustern” show on Fox News, where, with audible emotion, he expressed his fear for the friends and neighbors from what he described as a “close knit community” where “everyone” went to Umpqua Community College because it is the only college in the area.

Skarlatos would have been at the school today, except for the fact that he is competing on the 21st season of the ABC reality show “Dancing with the Stars” with pro-partner Lindsay Arnold. Skarlator and Arnold were in rehearsal in Los Angeles when he received the news of the shooting.

For their actions in France, Skarlatos, Stone and Sadler were awarded France’s highest honor, the Legion of Honor, by President François Hollande.

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