Florence Nightingale medal for aid worker Khalil Dale
- 18 May 2013
- From the section South Scotland
A Dumfries-based aid worker killed in Pakistan has been honoured with a second posthumous award in recognition of his humanitarian work.
Khalil Dale, 60, was abducted at gunpoint in January last year and found dead on a roadside months later.
He was named the winner of the 2013 Robert Burns Humanitarian Award earlier this year.
Mr Dale, who was born in York but lived many years in Scotland, has now been awarded the Florence Nightingale medal.
He was working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in early 2012 when he was abducted and killed.
The British Red Cross said his latest award recognised his service to others over more than three decades.
The medal, named after the pioneer of nursing, is presented every two years and honours "exceptional courage and devotion" to wounded, sick or disabled people or to civilian victims of war or a natural disaster.
Sir Nick Young, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said: "Khalil was a truly extraordinary person.
"He spent over 30 years of his life in the service of others, bringing healthcare to people living in some of the world's most dangerous places.
"He would have been humbled and no doubt astounded to receive this medal and we are very pleased his work has been recognised with this prestigious award."
Mr Dale's first overseas mission for the Red Cross was in Kenya in 1981.
He also worked in Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq, before his posting to Pakistan with the ICRC.
In 1994, he was awarded an MBE for his humanitarian work overseas.
He changed his name from Ken when he became a Muslim.
At the time of his abduction, he had been living in Pakistan for nearly a year and was engaged to be married.
A memorial fund has been set up to continue his legacy.