Wonder Lake Police Chief Lee Redlin presents an award to Officer Brian Howard on Wednesday for his actions in saving the life of a crash victim over summer while out of town in South Carolina. | Provided Photo

A Wonder Lake police officer has been awarded for his actions in coming to the aid of a severely injured victim after witnessing a crash while out of town in South Carolina.

The City of Charleston, South Carolina Police Department said in August that Wonder Lake Police Officer Brian Howard was a “shining example” of a hero.

Howard was visiting the area during the summer after his mother died.

He witnessed a rollover crash where a man suffered a near-severed arm, police officials said.

The off-duty officer immediately jumped into action until first responders arrived.

He applied tourniquets to slow the victim’s bleeding.

The police department said Howard’s quick thinking and decisive action made “all the difference in a dire situation.”

Wonder Lake Police Officer Brian Howard | Provided Photo

Howard also worked alongside Charleston Police Officers Green and Walts, Charleston Fire Department and Charleston County EMS to manage the scene.

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“Their collective efforts remind us that our first responders are truly exceptional individuals, dedicated to saving lives no matter where they are!” the police department said.

“We salute Officer Howard, our officers, and our fellow first responders for their unwavering commitment to service,” the department added.

The Wonder Lake Police Department said they were proud of Howard.

During a Village of Wonder Lake Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, Police Chief Lee Redlin presented an honorable mention award to Howard.

Redlin said Howard’s actions reflected highly on the Wonder Lake Police Department.