The City Council today formally honored Officer Shana Cottone who stopped her car while driving home through the North End on April 14 to rush through an occupied building next to one that had erupted in flames to get residents out.
Cottone, who also helped rescue victims of the Marathon bombing - she was standing 50 feet from the second bomb site - went door to door looking for residents. At one point, she kicked open a door only to be hit by a wall of smoke - at which point she got down on her stomach and crawled through the apartment looking for residents.
At large Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who co-authored a council commendation, praised Cottone's "incredible sheroism" and told her "you are a testament to what it means to protect and serve." Councilor Sal LaMattina, who represents East Boston, where Cottone normally works, also could not say enough good things about her.