Kevin Vickers has been celebrated for a second time after tackling a protestor who started chanting “insult” at a service to commemorate British soldiers killed a century ago.
Kevin Vickers, who previously served as a Mountie and Parliament’s sergeant-at-arms, has now apparently added freelance tackler to his résumé.
Kevin Vickers was attending a ceremony held in a graveyard in Dublin on Thursday honouring 100 British soldiers who died during the Easter Rising, an attempt by Irish republicans to overthrow British rule in 1916. During the invite-only service, Vickers tackled a protester who was yelling that the event was an “insult” and “disgrace.”
The 59-year-old ambassador was not hurt in the incident, according to reports.
Though this time the man the ambassador was reacting to was not armed, Vickers was seen in footage of the service expertly dragging out a unnamed, screaming protester as soldiers quietly stood by. The protester was promptly arrested.
On October 22, 2014, when Kevin Vickers was sergeant-at-arms, he shot and killed gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau in the infamous attack on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial before proceeding to Parliament. After a firefight with RCMP officer and Vickers, who had a handgun in his office, Zehaf-Bibeau was shot dead.
In 2015, Kevin Vickers was named Canadian Ambassador to Ireland.
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— RTÉ News (@rtenews) May 26, 2016