The Sergeant-at-Arms for the Canadian House of Commons who shot and killed a gunman on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Wednesday is being hailed as a hero. A family member says it is the first time he has discharged a firearm after more than 30 years of law enforcement experience.
Kevin Vickers, Sergeant-at-Arms for the House of Commons, shot and killed a man identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a convert to Islam who attacked parliament Wednesday. Reuters reported gunfire erupted close to where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was addressing conservative members in caucus.
Vickers served for 29 years in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), rising to the rank of superintendent prior to taking the job on Parliament Hill as Sergeant-at-Arms, according to the QMI news agency.
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The Sergeant-at-Arms typically wears a black hat and robes, and holds the ceremonial scepter over his shoulder, as seen below.
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Vickers’s niece, Erin, told QMI news agency that this was the first time he discharged a firearm, and that he’s “halfway to a saint.”
“That’s the first time in his career that he’s shot anyone…He’s a thoughtful and considerate person, he’s halfway to a saint in my book.”
Canadians on Twitter, from family to members of Parliament to media figures and ordinary citizens, are expressing their gratitude for the actions taken by Vickers.
Thoughts are with my big brother Kevin Vickers.
— John Vickers (@Johnfvickers) October 22, 2014
I am safe & profoundly grateful to Sgt at Arms Kevin Vickers & our security forces for selfless act of keeping us safe
— Julian Fantino (@JulianFantino) October 22, 2014
sgt at arms Kevin Vickers-nicest guy you’ll ever meet. I am lucky to call him a friend. Today he is also our hero and we are 4evr grateful — Glenn Thibeault (@GlennThibeault) October 22, 2014
Kevin Vickers, your my hero! — Dawn of the Kev (@Ksal1958) October 22, 2014
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