Watch this touching footage of the hero from the Ottawa terrorist attack being honored with applause while returning to work, and prepare to get the chills.
On October 22, 2014, a gunman attacked Parliament Hill and the Canadian National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada, prematurely ending the life of one brave soldier. Many more lives may have been lost if it hadn’t been for the heroic actions of one brave man.
After fatally shooting the solider on guard duty at the war memorial, the gunman made his way to Parliament Hill. He was briefly subdued by one security officer before breaking free and running down the hall while being chased by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers. The gunman passed barricaded doors behind which the prime minister was meeting and hid in an alcove.
That is where the true hero of this story comes in. Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers grabbed a 9mm pistol from a lockbox and approached the alcove hiding the gunman before rolling past the opening and ending the threat with a single shot.
When the House of Commons resumed the next day, Vickers was honored with applause as he carried the ceremonial mace into the chambers.
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Before joining the House of Commons staff in 2005, Vickers had been a distinguished officer in the RCMP. This incident was the first time he was ever forced to shoot a suspect in his career.
You can clearly see the emotion on Vickers face in this video from CBC News. Although Vickers was only doing his duty when he acted, he ended an already terrible situation before it could worsen and deserves all the honor in the world for performing such a selfless act.