CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office recognized a Charleston County deputy's life-saving response following a February shooting.
Authorities say Charleston County Deputy James Thomas was one of the first officers to respond to a shooting victim. The victim, who had been wounded in Dorchester County, drove to a 24-hour convenience store in Charleston County for help, according to Charleston Co. Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson.
Thomas quickly assessed the victim's injuries and provided life-saving first aid, staying with the victim until EMS arrived to transport him to an area hospital, Watson said.
"Not only did Deputy Thomas provide medical treatment, he stayed with the victim, talking calmly to him, keeping the victim from going into shock," Watson said in a statement.
Thomas received the award during the Honor Guard luncheon at the Westcott Country Club Wednesday.
Thomas is an eight-year veteran with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division with collateral duty as a bomb technician on the Charleston County Bomb Unit.
Prior to joining the sheriff's office, Thomas served in the United States Marines.