(JTA) – House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who shot down a gunman inside the Centre Block of Parliament last month, will be honoured by Israel’s Knesset.
Vickers, who is in Israel for a security conference, will be recognized Wednesday by Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein.
Vickers, a 58-year-old former Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, shot and killed Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who had been firing his weapon in the Hall of Honour of Parliament in Ottawa on the morning of Oct. 22, just after he shot and killed a soldier guarding the National War Memorial.
Security officers shot Zehaf-Bibeau but he continued down the hall until Vickers finally stopped him.
Vickers was hailed as a hero and received a standing ovation in the House of Commons the following day.
He is scheduled to be in the Knesset’s audience gallery Wednesday when he receives his recognition.
Vickers and other Canadian security and police officials are in Israel for the third international Homeland Security conference to examine intelligence, counterterrorism and law enforcement.