Canada’s Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers received a standing ovation Thursday as Parliament re-opened following Wednesday’s deadly attack on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Vickers, 58, was hailed a hero for killing the gunman, Muslim convert Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, inside the Hall of Honour.
Vickers has served as sergeant-at-arms in Canada’s House of Commons for the past eight years. Previously, he served in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Vickers was applauded Thursday by his fellow Parliament members as the man who ensured their safety during the attack.
"Kevin, without your service, a terrible situation would have become much worse," said opposition leader Justin Trudeau.
Those who know Vickers best also applauded his bravery.
"I just couldn't be prouder of him right now," said John Vickers, Kevin's brother.
The House of Commons held a moment of silence in honor of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the soldier who was killed while guarding the National War Memorial.