Canadian lawmakers honored Parliament sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers with a lengthy standing ovation Thursday morning, one day after a gunman killed a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial and then tore through the Parliament building.
Law enforcement officials have not officially confirmed that it was Vickers, 58, who took down alleged shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, but multiple government officials took to Twitter to say in no uncertain terms that members of Parliament owe their lives to the 29-year Royal Canadian Mounted Police veteran.
The white-haired Vickers, emotion on his face, stood and acknowledged the ovation inside the House of Commons, which lasted well over two minutes.
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
MPs and Hill staff owe their safety, even lives, to Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers who shot attacker just outside the MPs' caucus rooms.— Craig Scott (@CraigScottNDP)October 22, 2014