Soldier rescues woman trapped in floodwaters in Quincy

QUINCY, MASS. (WHDH) - A woman trapped in floodwaters in Quincy was rescued by a member of the U.S. Army after she climbed out of her car in an attempt to escape danger Tuesday morning, officials said.

Specialist Mathew Hernon says he was grabbing a cup of coffee when he rushed to assist the woman on Standish Avenue just as rising waters started to swallow her car, according to the Quincy Police Department.

Dashcam video shared by the department shows Hernon wading through knee-deep water and carrying her to safety.

Hernon says he opted to help the woman out of the goodness of his heart.

“I was just being a good human,” he said. “That’s my nature. I’m not going to leave anyone stranded.”

The woman, Beth Cronin, was not injured.

“He said, ‘I’ll be here for you,'” Cronin said.

Cronin then crawled out of her window and into the arms of her hero in camo.

She says she’s handicapped and was scared to walk throug the water.

Cronin is doing well, but her car is totaled, much like many others in the region.

Hernon is a member of the 1058 Transportation Company based at the Hingham Armory.

Specialist Mathew Hernon (Photo: Quincy Police Dept.)

Fast-moving storms wreaked havoc on the Boston-area as the remnants of Hurricane Florence pushed through. A flash flood warning was posted for most of Massachusetts.

Southern Artery by Greenleaf Street was also hit by severe flooding.

Police urged motorists to avoid driving through floodwaters.