Boston Officer Earns Commendation For Water Rescue
BOSTON – A police officer has been honored for heroism after jumping into the frigid waters of Boston Harbor to rescue a woman.
Officer Edward Norton received a commendation on Monday from Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis and a proclamation from the mayor.
Norton plunged into the 40-degree waters of the Fort Point Channel on Friday to rescue the woman, who was screaming and clinging to a floating dock. Police say the woman either fell or jumped.
Norton, weighed down by his bulletproof vest, took 42 second to reach the unidentified woman and held her head above water until firefighters arrived to help.
The 11-year veteran, who was treated for hypothermia and lost his wedding ring during the rescue, said he never had time to think.
Davis called it a “remarkable show of heroism.”