Alek Skarlatos: French train hero Addresses Personal Connection to Umpqua Shooting “Watch”

Alek Skarlatos: French train hero Addresses Personal Connection to Umpqua Shooting

Alek Skarlatos not only saved the lives of numerous people in Paris, but also would have tried to save the lives of the students killed at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College had he been there.

Alek Skarlatos had registered for classes at the school this fall and would’ve been on campus that day, but he decided to postpone his education to appear on the ABC show.

He and partner Lindsay Arnold appeared on “Ellen” on Thursday to dance, but host Ellen DeGeneres instead used the time to discuss the tragedy:

The Legion of Honour recipient explained to “GMA” on Friday:

“I was actually in the studio with Lindsay, dancing, and I got a text from one of my friends telling me what had happened, so I looked it up on the Internet to confirm it and I was just in total shock. I just sat down for a second and then hid in the bathroom so the cameras couldn’t see me.

“Almost within an hour I decided I would come here and be with my community.”

He added in a statement the day the news broke, “While I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time in August aboard a train bound for Paris, I only wish that the same could be said for today.”

Alek Skarlatos is currently with friends and family in his hometown of Roseburg, but he is expected to be back to compete on “Dancing with the Stars” on Monday.