by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
8/26/2015 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- A
press conference was held to discuss the medical condition of Airman
1st Class Spencer Stone at the west gate of Ramstein Air Base, Germany,
Stone's commanding officer, Lt. Col. Richard Smith, 65th Medical
Operations and Support Squadron commander at Lajes Field, Azores, held
the conference and spoke on Stone's behalf.
"I am thankful for all the medical care I've been receiving both here
and in France. I have nothing but high praise for the occupational
therapy staff for the care and treatment they have provided for my
thumb. Due to ongoing medical appointments and therapy, I can't be with
you today... thank you to everyone who has reached out to wish me and my
friends well and who have called us heroes."
Currently, Stone is being treated at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
Military healthcare providers will assess the injuries suffered by Stone
during the incident for follow-on care. That care includes treatment
for a laceration to his thumb and a non-critical injury to his eye and
other minor cuts and abrasions. He is expected to make a full recovery.
During the conference, Smith commended Stone for his valiant actions
taken when he and two friends overpowered a gunman on a packed train
Aug. 21, in France.
"There are a lot of men and women who got off that train and went home
to their friends and families because of the actions they took," said
Smith. "He is a hero."