Lynne Tracy was headed to work as principal officer at the U.S. consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, in August 2008 when gunmen wielding AK-47 rifles ambushed her car.

The gunfire flattened her vehicle’s front two tires and riddled the body of the car with bullets as her driver jammed into reverse and sped away.
Tracy and her Pakistani driver and bodyguard all survived the Aug. 26, 2008, attack.

She made her way to the consulate later in the day and in the coming weeks led an effort to boost security even as some of her colleagues were moved to Islamabad or told to work from their homes.

For her efforts, Tracy was presented Monday with the Secretary of State’s Award for Heroism.

“Determined and unflappable, she stayed in Peshawar to look after the remaining consulate staff,” Hillary Clinton said in presenting the honor.