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Boston police officer called hero after saving drowning woman

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Boston police officer called hero after saving drowning woman

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston police officer who jumped into the frigid waters of Boston Harbor to rescue a struggling woman lost his wedding ring during the rescue, but has earned a commendation from the city.

Officer Edward Norton says he barely had time to think before taking off his jacket, shoes and gun belt, and jumping into the water Friday as the woman screamed and clung to a floating dock.

After a 20-foot plunge into the 40-degree water, Norton, weighed down by his bulletproof vest and dragging a life ring, took 42 seconds to get to the woman.

The woman said she fell off a bridge.

Norton tells WCVB-TV losing his ring and glasses was a small price to pay to save a life.

He is scheduled to be honored on Monday.

Credit: The Associated Press.