An officer with the Southwestern Regional Police Department has been named York County's top cop for 2013.

Officer Dennis Brillhart received the Officer of the Year award Thursday, according to a news release.

Brillhart was honored for his actions in January of 2013, when he rescued a person who had been thrown from a vehicle in North Codorus Township.

Brillhart discovered the vehicle about 150 feet from the road after observing a dim light in a dark field.

The driver was seriously injured and "would not have survived much longer in the sub-freezing conditions," according to the news release.

This is the first time in the Southwestern department's 12 years that one of its officers has earned the award, according to the release.