John Sheardown, a former Canadian diplomat who sheltered fugitive American Embassy staffers at his Tehran home at great personal risk during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, has died. He was 88.
The second-ranked official at the Canadian Embassy in Tehran at the time of the Islamic Revolution, Sheardown played a key role in the events depicted in Ben Affleck's Oscar-contender film "Argo," although he was not portrayed in the film.
Almost a week after militant Iranian radicals seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979, taking 52 Americans hostage for 444 days in retaliation for U.S. support for the recently deposed shah, the Canadian diplomat received a call from one of the six Americans who had managed to evade capture. American consular officer Robert Anders was calling his friend Sheardown for help.
After that phone call, the Sheardowns agreed without hesitation to shelter four of the six Americans in secrecy in their 20-room house in Tehran. Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor housed the other two Americans.
"It would have been selfish for us not to do so," Zena Sheardown told the Associated Press from her current home in Ottawa. "There weren't many places to hide in Iran, we had the room, they needed our help, and it was just not in John's nature to refuse help to anyone."
For 79 days, the pair lived a low-profile life in tumultuous Tehran, facilitating a household that was comfortable and welcoming for the Americans, while helicopters streamed overhead, everyone's nerves calmed only by boisterous dinners together and heartfelt hospitality
The six American diplomats were finally rescuedby a joint covert operation by the Canadian government and the Central Intelligence Agency
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There is less of everything worthwhile in that godforsaken backwater country north of the 49th parallel.
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