U.S. Air Force Airman Spencer Stone was released from UC Davis Medical Center on Thursday

By George Stark and Susan Young
Updated October 16, 2015 12:00 AM
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French train attack hero Spencer Stone has been released from hospital after he was stabbed several times during a brawl in Sacramento earlier this month, PEOPLE can confirm.

Stone and his childhood friends, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, achieved international acclaim in August when they foiled an armed attack by a would-be terrorist on a train bound for Paris.

In a release from the hospital, Stone’s mother, Joyce Eskel, shared her gratitude for his care team and for the well-wishers who have supported him.

“Our family wishes to express our deepest gratitude to the staff and providers at UC Davis Medical Center,” she said. “I’m especially grateful to [trauma surgeons] Dr. Ellie Curtis, Dr. Garth Utter, the entire trauma team and the ICU nurses who treated Spencer so well.”

Stone also made a statement saying: “Thanks very much to the first responders and the team here at UC Davis Medical Center for taking such good care of me.”

“Thanks, also, to my amazing family and friends for their love and support. And, thanks to everyone who has sent encouragement during this challenging time. I’m focused now on healing and recovering and look forward to the next part of my journey.”

Last weekend, Skarlatos posted a picture on Instagram of himself and a convalescing Stone at the hospital.

“Saw the hero today,” Skarlatos captioned the pic.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or text a tip to 274637. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

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