Without a second thought a hero cop threwÂ himself into the freezing waters of Boston Harbor to rescue a woman who hadÂ fallen into the channel.
To the cheers of awestruck bystanders,Â officer Ed Norton jumped straight into Fort Point Channel after he saw a womanÂ in her 30s screaming out for help on Friday afternoon at approximately 1Â p.m.
The brave officer was thrown a life ringÂ which he placed around the woman after he swam 50-feet to meet her before theyÂ made it to a nearby raft where they waited to be pulled to safety by the BostonÂ fire service.
‘I heard everybody screaming, ‘She’s in theÂ water, she’s in the water,’ said Keith Young, a UPS delivery driver whoÂ witnessed the dramatic rescue.
‘Then I saw the cop pull up. He jumped out,Â he ripped his jacket off, ran down the stairs, ripped of his duty belt andÂ jumped into the water and went right to her.
Young said that the woman, who he did not seeÂ fall into the water was in her 20s and was conscious and ‘crying, kind ofÂ hysterical. I saw bruises on her knees and arms.’
The entire ordeal for the officer and theÂ stricken woman lasted no more than five minutes and when a rescue boat pickedÂ the pair up, bystanders on a bridge overlooking the harborÂ cheered.
Hal Munger, another witness, said the womanÂ was ‘screaming for help’ even when she got to the raft.
‘It wasn’t what I expected after coming backÂ from lunch,’ said Munger.
After the rescue, the officer and the womanÂ were taken to a city hospital to be treated for hypothermia and doctors saidÂ that they were both expected to be ‘OK’.
According to the Boston fire department threeÂ rescuers entered the water, two of whom wore ‘cold weather survival suits’ afterÂ they responded to a woman 50-feet from shore ‘being held above water by a BostonÂ police officer.’
‘One of the other officers had been given aÂ life preserver I think it came from the Tea Party museum, so that helped a lot,’Â said Officer Norton of his brave rescue effort.
‘I was able to hold on to that while she wasÂ holding onto the life preserver, while holding onto the raft that was outÂ there.’
Police said it was unclear how the womanÂ ended up in the water.