By: Scott Cook

Twitter: @JScottCook

NEW BEDFORD, M.A. (WLNE) -- A New Bedford police officer was honored Tuesday for his quick, life–saving actions while he was off-duty.

Sergeant Michael Cassidy was presented the award during a ceremony at police headquarters Tuesday morning.

Cassidy was off-duty, shopping at Market Basket in August, when a cashier suffered a medical emergency and fell unresponsive.

Sergeant Cassidy immediately recognized what was happening, and began CPR on the employee, saving her life.

"Saving somebody's life is just the human thing to do,” Cassidy explained, “You see somebody in distress and you want to go and help them.”

A modest Cassidy noted that it was a team effort to save the woman.

“I work alongside with the fire department and EMS every single day, and they came in, gave her rescue breathes, and set up the AED, which is really what brought her back to life."

This is the third life-saving award Sergeant Cassidy has earned in his time with the New Bedford Police Department.

His father was in attendance for the special moment.

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