WATERBURY, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — A mother and her three kids were able to escape from a burning car in Connecticut thanks to the heroic actions of a teenager.
Police in Waterbury say 18-year-old Justin Gavin was walking on West Main Street on Wednesday when he ran toward the danger before first responders got there.READ MORE: 18-Year-Old Saadiq Teague Arrested After Being Spotted With AK-47 At Times Square Subway Station
He opened the car door for the mom to escape, then noticed three children in the back seat.
Gavin rescued all of them, including a 1-year-old baby in a car seat.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine In New York: Walk-In Appointments Offered To All New Yorkers Over 50 At City-Run Sites
“Life is too short, so I just thought that if that was me in that situation, I would want somebody to help me, so I definitely did what I can do,” Gavin said. “I was scared ’cause I didn’t know whether the flames, whether the car was gonna blow up in that instant.”
Waterbury Police recognized Gavin for his actions by presenting him with a special coin honoring his bravery.MORE NEWS: Discarded Tombstone Spotted On Empty Lot Raising Questions In Paramus
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