A hero at a time when we’re desperate for them.
Emotional sergeant-at-arms is greeted back to parliament with a rousing standing ovation a day after he heroically shot dead terrorist – the first time he used weapon in 30 year career
- Kevin Vickers, 58, returned to the House of Commons on Thursday and was met with enthusiastic applause from the Members of Parliament
- In a statement, he said his actions were possible thanks to the help of a great security team and passed on his condolences to victims’ families
- Vickers took down Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, in the Parliament on Wednesday morning after he shot dead Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24
- Vickers is a decorated 29-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who’s headed House of Commons security since 2006
- The shooting was his first exchange of gunfire with a suspect in his career
The heroic sergeant-at-arms who shot dead a lone gunman in Canada’s Parliament on Wednesday has been greeted back to work with a lengthy standing ovation.
Kevin Vickers, 58, struggled to contain his emotions as members of the House of Commons paid tribute to his bravery, which put an end to Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s shooting spree.
Rousing footage shows Vickers leading a ceremonial parade into the chamber on Thursday morning and being greeted by enthusiastic applause from the members of Parliament.
He managed to stay mostly expressionless throughout the standing ovation – simply nodding in thanks several times – but as the cheers continued, he appeared to tear up with emotion.
Overwhelmed: Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms for Canada’s House of Commons, becomes emotional as members of Parliament applaud him on Thursday, a day after he shot dead a gunman inside the building
On their feet: Members of Parliament clap for Vickers after he led a ceremonial parade into the chamber