Last month while filming on the set of Range 15, Ron Jeremy was pleased to have the honor of meeting a true, modern-day American Hero – Aleksander (Alek) Skarlatos (pictured). Skarlatos, who serves as an Oregon Army National Guardsman Specialist, made headlines in August 2015 after stopping a terrorist while traveling by train during a vacation in Europe.
On August 21, 2015, Skarlatos, along with two childhood friends (Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler) decided to take a much deserved trip through Europe after having recently returned from serving in Afghanistan. The three friends were onboard a train traveling to Paris from Amsterdam when Ayoub El Kahzzani, a 25-year old Moroccan man exited a bathroom brandishing an AKM assault rifle and equipped with 270 rounds of ammunition. After several passengers attempted to stop the act unsuccessfully, it was Skarlatos who seized the assailant’s rifle, and used it to beat him until he was unconscious.
After the thwarted attack, Skarlatos, along with his companions, were awarded the United States Army Soldier’s Medal from President Barack Obama, as well as France’s highest decoration, the Legion of Honour from French President Francois Hollande.
Jeremy was able to express his thanks to Skarlatos in person while on set, and wants to thank Skarlatos, along with all of the other men and women serving in the military, for their courage, sacrifice, and selflessness in the line of duty that they display each and every day.