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O n October 22, 2014, crazed gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau took the life of Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Hamilton, Ontario based-Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. It was a killing that sent shockwaves across the nation because it happened on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, not only making international news, but launching Canada into a war on terrorism that had, until this day, been considered someone else's problem. The country was still reeling from the death only two days earlier, of Military Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was struck and run over by a vehicle driven by a recent convert to the Muslim faith, Martin Couture-Rouleau, in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Though separate incidents, both were deemed politically motivated, with Bibeau's act considered terrorism by the RCMP. The national scrutiny of the Cirillo shooting, supplied by live moment-by-moment media coverage, brought us not only closer to Corporal Cirillo's life, as brief as it was, but to the men that charged into harm's way without hesitation on that October day and ensured that the loss of life was kept to a bare minimum. On that morning, Zehaf-Bibeau made his way into Centre-Block on Parliament Hill via the Peace Tower main entrance. He was armed with what was eventually identified as a 30-30 Winchester Model 94 hunting rifle as he raced down the hall pursued by RCMP officers. On one side was the committee room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative Caucus were meeting. On the other side, Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair and the NDP Caucus were in session. Makeshift barricades were created from benches while Harper took refuge in an alcove. As the shooter reached the library, next door to House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers' office, the event came to a climax with the death of Zehaf-Bibeau at the hands of a quick-acting Vickers and his handy pistol. Vickers, who served as Sergeant-at-arms from 2005 until last January, when he was named Ambassador to Ireland, was quickly hailed as a hero, and to date has been given credit for bringing down Bibeau, who died in a hail of bullets. But as was seen in the Globe & Mail's video that went viral of brave RCMP officers and Parliamentary police charging after Bibeau, Vickers was not alone in bringing down the gunman. "Though I'm honoured to think [you're] excited about me, I wish and hope you realize it's about the entire team that performed very well on that day," Vickers told reporters shortly after the incident. 24 w w w . p o l i c e a d v o c a t e s j o u r n a l . c o m C O U R A G E U N D E R F I R E RCMP officer describes the tragic events of October 22, 2014, when a crazed gunman went on a rampage on Parliament Hill in Ottawa BY JAMIE GILCIG The incident made international news headlines. Corporal Nathan Cirillo

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