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.

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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.

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“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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