Photo of Dan Uzan at French medal of courage ceremony
Photo of Dan Uzan at French medal of courage ceremonyReuters

Denmark’s parliament has announced a new medal of civil valor that will honor Israeli security guard Dan Uzan, who was killed last year while protecting the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen during a terrorist attack, JNS reported on Thursday.

The medal is for “citizens who demonstrated unusual courage, while risking their lives in an attempt to save the lives of others, and those who lost their lives during this attempt,” and “refers to incidents related to terrorism, crime, and attacks on the open and democratic society of Denmark and the right to freedom,” the Danish Parliament said in a statement.

Uzan was murdered in last February’s attack by 22-year-old Palestinian-Danish man Omar El-Hussein as he guarded a Bat Mitzvah in the main synagogue of the Danish capital with 80 people inside. 

El-Hussein shot Uzan as the latter jumped in the heavily armed gunman's path, unarmed. 

According to JNS, Danish film director Finn Nørgaard, who used his body to block the same terrorist from entering the Krudttønden Cultural Center hours earlier, will receive the new Danish medal.

Uzan was chosen as Denmark’s “'Man of the Year” for 2015 for his courageous act by readers and a panel of seven judges from the popular Berlingske daily.

He was previously posthumously awarded the French medal of courage for his incredible bravery.