Police are praising the work of one of their officers, for her quick thinking in helping to save the life of a man stabbed in a north side restaurant Thursday night.

Officers were called to a restaurant on 118 Avenue and 101 Street at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

It’s believed two men inside had started arguing, which escalated, and one was stabbed in the chest.

The victim, who police described as a man in his 20s, was rushed to hospital in critical condition, where he underwent emergency surgery.

“We have a few witnesses, but fortunately for any other patrons it was not that busy within the lounge,” Inspector Darrin Balanik said on the scene Thursday night.

On Friday, police officials said the quick actions of one of the first officers on the scene possibly saved the life of the stabbing victim – as she used her first aid training to slow the bleeding, stabilizing the victim until paramedics arrived.

“I believe the officer who responded to the call has been recommended for a commendation by the EPS for her great response in a very stressful, life threatening situation,” EPS spokesperson Patrycia Thenu said.

The officer has been working with EPS for one year, at last word, the victim was in serious but stable condition in hospital.

Investigators are working to track down the suspect.