EL PORTAL, FLA. (WSVN) - A police officer has been bestowed an award after he helped save a woman after her car crashed into an El Portal canal.

El Portal Police officer Angel Lopez received the life-saving ribbon Tuesday night at El Portal City Hall.

The 35-year veteran helped a woman out of her vehicle after her car plunged into a canal.

“You do what you have to do. You don’t think about those things until later on. I did what I had to do,” Lopez said.

Police said she was involved in an incident, causing the car to careen through a construction site and plow through a fence before ending up in the canal.

Rescue crews were able to help pull her out of the water.

No one else was hurt.

Copyright 2021 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Join our Newsletter for the latest news right to your inbox