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Alek Skarlatos attends special screening of The 15:17 to Paris

Local hero Alex Skarlatos attended a special screening of the newly released movie, The 15-17 to Paris, in Roseburg. The film features his experiences thwarting a terror attack on a train from Amsterdam to Paris.

Posted: Feb. 10, 2018 9:05 PM
Updated: Feb. 12, 2018 1:06 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Alek Skarlatos was in Roseburg Saturday night for a meet and greet hosted by the Roseburg Cinema.

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The theater held a special screening of the movie The 15:17 to Paris, which is based on the true story of Skarlatos his friends, who stopped a gunman on a Paris-bound train in Amsterdam.

Community members flooded the theater to support Skarlatos, who is a Roseburg native. Skarlatos signed books and had a chance to interact with everyone.

"It's just incredibly fun, very humbling, just because we could have died that day," Skarlatos said. "Ive been grateful for every day since." 

Skarlatos' former lacrosse coach at Roseburg High School even came to the event and said he is proud of him.

"i think it would be great to see him again and to say thank you for all that he did, and his friends," Paul Bilder, Skarlatos' former lacross coach said. "Friends stay friends for a long time and have a special bond."

The movie, which premiered Friday night, is expected to be in theatres for the next few weeks.

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