Charleston County deputy gets Life-Saving Award

Charleston County Deputy James Thomas gets a Life-Saving Award from Dorchester County Sheriff L.C. Knight as Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon looks on.

A Charleston County deputy has been recognized for possibly saving the life of a shooting victim.

Deputy James Thomas, an eight-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, is the recipient the Life-Saving Award.

A man was shot in Dorchester County on Feb. 3 and drove to a convenience store in Charleston County looking for help. Thomas was one of the first officers on the scene and started giving the man first aid, according to Charleston County sheriff’s Maj. Eric Watson. Thomas also kept talking to the man until EMS arrived to keep him from going into shock.

“Deputy Thomas’ quick thinking and actions are credited with saving the life of the victim,” Watson said.

Thomas, a Marine veteran, is assigned to the patrol division and also works with the bomb unit.

Dorchester County Sheriff L.C. Knight presented his agency’s award Tuesday as Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon looked on. The award was presented during an Honor Guard luncheon at the Golf Club at Wescott Plantation.

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