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British Train Hero: I'm Not the 'Guy That Just Dies Sitting Down'

British Train Hero: I'm Not the 'Guy That Just Dies Sitting Down'
Christopher Norman didn't want to be "the guy sitting down, trying to hide" when a heavily armed gunmen attacked passengers on a Paris-bound train. (Philippe Huguen/AFP via Getty Images).

By    |   Tuesday, 25 August 2015 10:24 AM

Christopher Norman, one of four men honored by the French government for stepping in and stopping a potential massacre on a high-speed train, said Tuesday his first impulse was to sit down and hide, not attack the suspected terrorist.

"I thought about it for quite some time and my position was that I'm not going to be the guy that just dies sitting down, trying to hide somewhere," Norman, who is British, told CNN "New Day" host Chris Cuomo. "You really need to be prepared for action. And although, in the first instance I was really, how can I put it, I was really scared. In fact, I remained scared throughout most of the intervention."

Still, Norman said, "I decided that if you're going to die, at least try and do something about it and try to make a contribution to bringing him down, if that's what it turns out to be."

Also, he knew there would be no escape.

"There's virtually no way out of it," Norman said. "The guy's sitting there with I don't know how many magazines of bullets. He's going to get you anyway. So get up there and try and stop it. It's probably a much better chance for you than just sitting there waiting to be hit."

And in the end, Norman told Cuomo that he believes citizens need to take some of the responsibility for fighting terrorism.

"Whether it's simply by being more vigilant or preparing yourself for action if ever you do find yourself in those situations, we do need to think about how to do it," said Norman. "I think we need to try to work out how to harness the power of the citizens."

Three Americans — U.S. airman Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos — were also honored for their heroism in thwarting the attack last Friday by a heavily armed gunman on an Amsterdam-to Paris train.

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