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SACRAMENTO --

Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler -- those three names are now linked to a heroic, split-second decision to take down an armed suspect aboard a high speed train in France.

On Monday, Mayor Kevin Johnson tweeted that a parade was being planned to honor the three young men.

"Big news! We are throwing a parade for our 3 hometown heroes! Details and timing coming soon," tweeted Johnson.

Before they were heroes, they were childhood friends who went to church together while growing up in Sacramento County.

Stone was first to tackle the suspect.  Six years ago, he was playing varsity basketball at Del Campo High School.

"A really nice kid, a stand up guy, a hard worker, very humble but at the same time you weren't super surprised that he did put himself in jeopardy to save others," said Basketball Coach Dave Nobis.

Stone and Skarlatos are in the military, trained to save lives.  The third young man, Anthony Sadler, is a student at Sac State.

University President Robert Nelsen says he's "blown away" at what Sadler and his friends did.

"I think he's teaching us a lesson instead of us teaching him a lesson.  We are learning about courage, we are learning about what it means to be a true American, someone who is really a hero," Nelsen said.

Those lessons are also trickling into the classroom at Del Campo High School.

"This is obviously a teaching moment," Nobis said.

Lessons about heroism from three local men who ran toward danger, saved lives and lived to tell the story.

Sac State's President tells FOX40 a scholarship is being organized to help Anthony Sadler pay for his senior year of college.