Eighteen-Year-Old Justin Gavin Recognized By Waterbury Police With Special Coin

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.

Justin Gavin, 18, was recognized by police in Waterbury, Connecticut, after he pulled a mother and three children from a burning car. (Credit: Waterbury Police Department)

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.

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.

“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.

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  1. HaroldSBowling says:

    I’m glad she acknowledged the monstrous premise of this otherwise good comedy. A couple breaks up, so they decide to divide up their infant twins — so each girl will never see the other parent, her sister, or any of her other relatives again? Or even know she has a sister? Just as in the original version of this movie, the real villains are clearly both parents……..Read More

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