House of Commons sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers has been appointed as Canada’s new ambassador to Ireland.
Vickers, who is best known for killing Michael Zehaf-Bibeau in a Parliament Hill hallway, will take on the new role beginning January 19. He will replace Loyola Hearn, a former Conservative cabinet minister who has held the position since 2011 until the summer of 2014.
“Kevin Vickers has shown profound leadership and dedication to the security of Canada and its national institutions,” reads a statement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “His extensive experience working with Parliament, as well as his bravery and integrity, will serve to deepen close bilateral relations between Canada and Ireland in the years ahead.”
On Wednesday, October 22, Zehaf-Bibeau stormed Parliament Hill after gunning down Cpl. Nathan Cirillo a block away at the National War Memorial. Gun fire erupted in the hallways of the building between police and the shooter.
Vickers reacted instinctually to the situation. As a former police officer, he took out his gun from his office and heroically dived in front of the shooter; he shot Zehaf-Bibeau lethally just outside the doors of the Parliament’s library.
The following day, when the House of Commons reconvened for its first session after the attack, he received a standing ovation by MPs that lasted several minutes. He also gained much praise in the international media, including an entire segment on The Colbert Report.
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