A Young Black Boy, 18, Saves Mother, Three Children Trapped Inside Burning Car

Hours after saving a family of four from a burning car, 18-year-old Justin Gavin received a challenge coin, one of the city’s highest honors, from the police chief.

An 18-year-old man from Connecticut was honored as a hero after police say he prevented the tragedy by rescuing a family of four from their burning car.⁠

Justin Gavin, 18, was walking down the street Wednesday in Waterbury, Connecticut when a flaming car rolled to a stop. A young woman was driving with three kids in the back seat, the youngest of whom was just 1 year old.⁠

Gavin was smart enough to be terrified but rushed to help anyway.⁠

“Life is too short, so, I just thought if that was me in that situation, I would want someone to help me. So, I definitely did what I can do,” he said.⁠

Even as the flames grew, Gavin pulled all three children out of the car to safety and helped the driver get out, too.⁠

“I was scared ’cause I didn’t know whether the car was gonna blow up at that instant. I grabbed the baby and the two little girls out of the car, and I helped her out the car,”

Police say the young mother driving the burning car credited Gavin with saving her life and those of her three young children.

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