Andrew Russell, Global News
WATCH ABOVE: Former Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers helped tackle a protester during a ceremony on Thursday morning honouring British soldiers in Dublin, Ireland.
Former Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, the man credited with stopping a gunman in a firefight on Parliament Hill in 2014, can be seen in photos tackling a protester during a ceremony honouring British soldiers in Dublin, Ireland.
According to the Irish Independent, Vickers was the first to jump into action when a protester interrupted an event at Grangegorman Military Cemetery Thursday morning to commemorate the British soldiers who died in 1916.
A male protester stood up and yelled “this is an insult” before Vickers, who is the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, physically restrained the man before police could intervene.
“The whole thing lasted about a minute. The Canadian ambassador grabbed him, there was a struggle and [police] wrestled him to the ground,” an unidentified witness told the Independent.
“Without hesitation he [Mr Vickers] jumped out from the middle of dignitaries.”
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In video captured by RTE News, Vickers can be seen grabbing the protester and dragging him away from the ceremony where he is later handcuffed by Dublin police.
Vickers, who was the House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms at the time, was credited with firing the shots that killed gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who had killed a Cpl. Nathan Cirillo before storming the Centre Block of Parliament in Ottawa.
He was later appointed as Canada’s ambassador to Ireland.
The ceremony honoured the 125 British soldiers who died in the Easter Rising in 1916, an armed rebellion by Irish republicans seeking to end British rule and establish an independent Ireland.
Global News reached out to the Canadian Embassy in Ireland for comment but did not receive a response.