Canadian Hero Receives Standing Ovation in the House of Commons

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Kevin Vickers, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Parliament of Canada, ended the terrorist attack in Ottawa yesterday by shooting the killer.

Many of Vickers's duties are ceremonial, such as carrying a decorative mace into the chamber of the House of Commons when it opens. But the more important responsibility of protecting the members of Parliament, employees, and visitors from violence is also his. Vickers took that duty very seriously yesterday when he retrieved a handgun from his desk, ran toward the gunfire, and slew the terrorist.

Parliament reconvened today. Vickers entered as he usually does during the ceremony. But this time, those assembled gave him a long, standing ovation for his service.

-via Ace of Spades HQ

As a Canadian I have seen the mace parade on TV. Until yesterday I never knew what an important job the Sergeant-at-Arms does. Now that I do I take even more pride in my country and its traditions.

Mr. Vickers is a true hero and all Canadians owe this man a debt of gratitude.
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