What a powerful and emotional moment in Canada’s Parliament yesterday, when lawmakers paid tribute to Sergeant-At-Arms Kevin Vickers.
The man who brought down the gunman who breached Canada’s Parliament Wednesday after killing a Canadian soldier was already back on the job Thursday.
Kevin Vickers, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Canada’s House of Commons, stood steadfast while receiving a lengthy standing ovation from lawmakers after carrying the ceremonial mace into the chamber.
The veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police shot and killed the gunman inside Canada’s parliament building. U.S. authorities have identified the gunman as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, though Canadian authorities haven’t confirmed his identify. The soldier, ceremonial guard Corporal Nathan Cirillo, was killed at a nearby war monument shortly before the gunman entered parliament.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid tribute to Mr. Vickers, 58, who at times appeared to fight his emotions.