Virginia man honored for helping prevent Paris train attack

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Chesterfield man received a huge honor from the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors Wednesday. Mark Moogalian was the first to confront a gunman on a train bound for Paris in August.

Part of the resolution read:

“The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors…publicly recognizes the bravery and heroism of Mr. Mark Moogalian and expresses the appreciation of all residents of is courageous and unselfish acts on August 21, 2015.”

Charles Moogalian accepted the honor on behalf of his son.

“Quite exciting to tell you the truth.  This is one of these things you don’t expect to happen, and when it does, it’s just wonderful,” said Charles Moogalian.

The Midlothian High School graduate has been living in France for more than two decades. He was on his way to Paris in August when he saw a gunman ready to open fire on passengers. He tackled the man and wrestled away his rifle. During the struggle, Moogalian was shot in the neck. He’s seen been released from the hospital, but he is  still suffering from nerve damage to his left arm and hand.

“He’s getting treatment for that now twice a week. That will go on for 6 months to a year. If that doesn’t help, surgery will probably take place,” said his father.

Charles says his son went to Paris to pursue a career in music. He’s also an artist and a professor of English at the Sorbonne. Last month, he was awarded the Legion of Honor Medal.

“He’s been well taken care of by the French government and President Holland, the French president.”

8News reporter Claudia Rupcich spoke to Mark on the phone. He says he is overwhelmed and honored to receive the award back home.

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