Christopher Boyce saved a woman from drowning, Richmond, British Columbia, June 19, 1996. At night, a 22-year-old woman jumped from a bridge into the Middle Arm of the Fraser River in a suicide attempt and was carried down- stream by the tidal current. Among those responding to the scene was a city employee, Boyce, 39, equipment operator, who was working nearby. Boyce entered the 55-degree water and swam to the woman, en route removing his boots, which were weighing him down. The woman was face down in the river but still conscious. Boyce grasped her around the neck and swam to the bank with her, arriving firefighters then aiding them from the river. The woman was taken to a hospital. Boyce was cold after the rescue and sustained cuts to his toes; he recovered.
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