CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The 2012 Firefighter of the Year is being recognized for saving another firefighter, and there wasn't even anything on fire at the time.
Engineer Kevin Land was named the Exchange Club of Charleston Firefighter of the Year for providing medical care to a fellow firefighter in distress.
Back in July, two teams were having dinner at Ryan's Steak House on Saint Andrews Boulevard in West Ashley. One of the firemen began to choke on a piece of steak and was turning blue. Engineer Land delivered the Heimlich Maneuver and saved the fireman from choking.
In a statement from the CHarleston Fire Department, Land is described as "very humble, never seeks recognition for his actions, and always carries himself as a true professional firefighter."
The statement continues: "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."