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File photo: Canada's Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is applauded in the House of Commons in Ottawa October 23, 2014.

File photo: Canada's Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is applauded in the House of Commons in Ottawa October 23, 2014.

File photo: Canada's Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is applauded in the House of Commons in Ottawa October 23, 2014.

Kevin Vickers, the guard who helped kill a gunman who stormed Canada's parliament last year, will be named ambassador to Ireland, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Vickers, the House of Commons sergeant-at-arms, was in his office on Oct. 22 when Michael Zehaf-Bibeau stormed into the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa with a rifle. Vickers ran out into the hall with his pistol and exchanged shots with the gunman, who was also being fired on by police.

Although investigators have yet to announce who fired the shot that killed Zehaf-Bibeau, Vickers is widely credited with having played a crucial role in taking down the attacker.

The day after the attack, lawmakers greeted Vickers with a prolonged standing ovation, cheers and whistles when he resumed his duties in the House of Commons.

The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said it was not clear when Vickers, a former police officer, would take up his job in Dublin.


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