2014 Man of the Year: Kevin Vickers

Canadadian Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers / AP
December 31, 2014

Canadian Sargent at Arms Kevin Vickers became a national hero in October after shooting a terrorist who had attacked Canada’s parliament building.

As shots rang out on Parliament Hill Vickers calmly retrieved his firearm from his office. Then, as he came face to face with the shooter, he dispatched the terrorist and ended the rampage that could have been far worse.

As the Washington Post put it,

By all accounts, the white-haired grandfather, a decorated veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, kept cool amid the chaos as dozens of bullets flew in the corridors, went to his office, retrieved his weapon and with a firm hand and a steely eye shot a killer before he could kill again. Vickers, who is 6 feet 4 inches tall, then walked away, gun-in hand, having "taken care of business," as one news outlet put it.

And then he called his mother to say he was safe.

"Thank God for Sgt at Arms Kevin Vickers," Canadian Minister of Justice Peter MacKay tweeted after the attack.

For killing terrorists and staying cool under fire, Kevin Vickers is a Free Beacon Man of the Year.

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