Without a second thought a hero cop threw  himself into the freezing waters of Boston Harbor to rescue a woman who had  fallen into the channel.

To the cheers of awestruck bystanders,  officer Ed Norton jumped straight into Fort Point Channel after he saw a woman  in her 30s screaming out for help on Friday afternoon at approximately 1  p.m.

The brave officer was thrown a life ring  which he placed around the woman after he swam 50-feet to meet her before they  made it to a nearby raft where they waited to be pulled to safety by the Boston  fire service.

‘I heard everybody screaming, ‘She’s in the  water, she’s in the water,’ said Keith Young, a UPS delivery driver who  witnessed the dramatic rescue.

‘Then I saw the cop pull up. He jumped out,  he ripped his jacket off, ran down the stairs, ripped of his duty belt and  jumped into the water and went right to her.

‘I’ll tell you what. The cop was a hero  today. He didn’t think twice about it.’

Young said that the woman, who he did not see  fall into the water was in her 20s and was conscious and ‘crying, kind of  hysterical. I saw bruises on her knees and arms.’

The entire ordeal for the officer and the  stricken woman lasted no more than five minutes and when a rescue boat picked  the pair up, bystanders on a bridge overlooking the harbor  cheered.

Hal Munger, another witness, said the woman  was ‘screaming for help’ even when she got to the raft.

‘It wasn’t what I expected after coming back  from lunch,’ said Munger.

After the rescue, the officer and the woman  were taken to a city hospital to be treated for hypothermia and doctors said  that they were both expected to be ‘OK’.

According to the Boston fire department three  rescuers entered the water, two of whom wore ‘cold weather survival suits’ after  they responded to a woman 50-feet from shore ‘being held above water by a Boston  police officer.’

‘One of the other officers had been given a  life preserver I think it came from the Tea Party museum, so that helped a lot,’  said Officer Norton of his brave rescue effort.

‘I was able to hold on to that while she was  holding onto the life preserver, while holding onto the raft that was out  there.’

Police said it was unclear how the woman  ended up in the water.


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