Justin Gavin, an 18-year old teen from Connecticut, has been acknowledged for his heroic act that saved a mother and her three children from a bu*ning car. Gavin was just walking along the streets when the bu*ning car drove past him. Other cars started ho*ki!g and getting off their cars to alert the driver.
When he saw it and realized that the driver cannot stop the car, he chased it down to help them escape. “I’m yelling, ‘Stop the car! Your car is on fire! Your car is on f*re!’ I just felt like if I was in that situation, I would want somebody to help me out. I guess my in!tinc*s took over,” Gavin told Upworthy.
When the car stopped, helped the mother who was driving the car to get out of the driver seat. He then immediately pull-ed the three children, aged 1, 4, and 9, out of the bur*ing car as the flames grew larger. “It kind of got s!ary because I didn’t know whether I was going to be able to get everyone out in time. And luckily, I did,” he said.
The mother is very grateful for Gavin for re**uing her and her family. The Waterbury Police Department has awarded him with a “challenge coin,” a token of appreciation for his courageous act. “I hope that when you have that coin it just reminds you of this day and you can reflect back on all the good that came out of this for you and that family that you saved,” Chief Fernando Spagnolo said about Gavin.
Moreover, Gavin took the i!cide!t as an experience that reminded him that “life is short” and he has been inspired to use it to make a more positive difference. “I hope that when you have that coin it just reminds you of this day and you can reflect back on all the good that came out of this for you and that family that you saved,” said Spagnolo. Gavin told CNN the experience was inspiring and changed his perspective of the police. “It made me realize life is short,” Gavin said.