I can’t think of a better place abroad for him to be honored.
Hailed as a hero at home, the House of Commons’ sergeant-at-arms is now getting a celebrity welcome abroad.
But Kevin Vickers is greeting the international attention with the same modesty that characterized his response to the outpouring of support at home in the wake of the deadly attacks of Oct. 22.
In Jerusalem to attend an international security conference on Wednesday, Mr. Vickers was invited to meet Israel’s Prime Minister and other high-ranking government officials and was honoured by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset.
He said the people at the Knesset reminded him of the team he has around him in Ottawa.
“Though I’m honoured to think [you’re] excited about me, I wish and hope you realize it’s about the entire team that performed very well on that day,” he said on a video circulated by Israeli officials.
The trip had been arranged prior to the attack on Parliament Hill, where Mr. Vickers was credited with taking the final, fatal, shot at an armed gunman who ran into Centre Block minutes after killing a soldier at the National War Memorial.
“This terror attack in Ottawa proves, once again, that Islamic radical terrorism has no limits and respects no borders,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement following their meeting Wednesday.
“Israel and Canada stand side-by-side in the international effort to eliminate terrorism.”