(Note: This post was published late because of technical difficulties with the blog.)

Minneapolis police aren't required to carry chest seals, but officer Corey Schmidt happened to have one last fall when he was dispatched to a stabbing.

On Oct. 11, Schmidt and another officer responded to a scene and found a 19-year-old man who fell to the ground while holding his torso in a blood soaked shirt. After Schmidt noticed the man had a two-inch chest wound, he quickly applied first aid and a chest seal on the injury. After being transported to the hospital, police were informed that without Schmidt's actions, the man's injuries could have been fatal.

Schmidt was among several officers and staff to be recognized with awards from the Minneapolis Police Department on Tuesday night during its annual ceremony.

Schimdt was given a Life Saving Award. Pictured above with the chief is Officer Bevan Blauert, who received the Officer of the Year award for his district. Other award recipients are listed in the program below:

Minneapolis police annual awards program 2015 by Nicole Norfleet