TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA) - A Tuskegee police officer is being commended for his quick actions on the job that saved a gun shot victim's life.
Quincy Kitt has always seen a career in law enforcement as an opportunity to serve.
"Growing up as a child I just always wanted to help out people," said Tuskegee Police Officer Quincy Kitt.
Three years ago he started at the Tuskegee Police Department as a dispatcher before stepping in to a role as a police officer. With that experience he knows first hand the responsibilities that comes along with this job.
"We don't know what will happen next, so we just have to stay praying and keep moving," said Kitt.
On May 3 police were dispatched to Benner Avenue. Officer Kitt was the first on the scene and found a man suffering from a gun shot wound to the chest. Given the seriousness of the man's injury and medics still in route to the scene, Kitt did not waste time providing medical aid to the victim.
"It happened so fast. Once I looked at where the wound was and where it came out of I immediately put pressure on it," said Kitt. "He regained consciousness and I talked to him until the medics arrived."
Many are now crediting the quick steps he took with saving the man's life.
"He is a fantastic officer. It was not any surprise to me," said interim Police Chief Wesley McClain.
This week Kitt was honored at the Tuskegee City Council meeting.
"I can't even believe myself that I have actually saved someone's life," Kitt said.
Kitt has spoken to the man who was shot. He says he is still in the hospital, but is doing well.
The Benner Avenue shooting investigation is ongoing. Tuskegee PD tells WSFA 12 News the SBI has taken over.