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Man hailed as hero for stopping Ottawa shooter to be Canada's ambassador to Ireland

FILE - In a Thursday, Oct.  23, 2014 file photo, Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers receives a standing ovation as he enters the House of Commons in Ottawa. The Canadian Press reported Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 that Vickers, hailed as a hero for killing the gunman who stormed Canada's parliament last year will be named ambassador to Ireland.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld, File)

FILE - In a Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 file photo, Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers receives a standing ovation as he enters the House of Commons in Ottawa. The Canadian Press reported Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 that Vickers, hailed as a hero for killing the gunman who stormed Canada's parliament last year will be named ambassador to Ireland. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Canadian sergeant-at-arms hailed as a hero for shooting the gunman who stormed Parliament in Ottawa will be named the country's ambassador to Ireland.

The Canadian Press has reported that the appointment will be announced later Thursday.

Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is credited with killing a man who'd stormed into Ottawa's Centre Block in October after killing a soldier at the National War Memorial.

Vickers is an Irish-Canadian from New Brunswick who had a lengthy career in policing before joining the House of Commons security staff in 2005. He became sergeant-at-arms in 2006.