A Charleston firefighter has been recognized for his life-saving actions in helping a fellow firefighter.

Engineer Kevin Land was named the Exchange Club of Charleston Firefighter of the Year on Jan. 17.

On July 15, firefighters from Engine 110 and Tower 105, including Land, were having dinner at Ryan’s Steak House on Saint Andrews Boulevard in West Ashley.

A firefighter started to choke on a piece of steak, according to Charleston Fire Department officials. Land performed the Heimlich maneuver and cleared the firefighter’s airway.

“His service exemplifies the dedication, training, courage, and commitment that are the traditions of a Charleston Firefighter. Engineer Kevin Land’s calm and quick action averted a potentially tragic situation,” Fire Marshal Mike Julazadeh said in an email.

Land has been with the department since 1996.