• Tue. Sep 29th, 2020

18-year-old recognized as a hero after saving mother and her 3 young children from burning car

ByHasan

Sep 16, 2020
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We’d all like to think we’d run towards danger to help someone in need, but would you really?

It took only seconds for Justin Gavin, an 18-year-old from Waterbury, Connecticut, to decide he was going to run towards the danger. To him, there was no other option.

“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,” he said.

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The teen had reportedly just got off a bus when he saw an SUV drive by with flames underneath. The SUV, which lost its brakes, came to a stop in a nearby parking lot.

He rushed towards the vehicle, and opened the door, that’s when he realized there were three small children, ages 1, 4, and 9, in the back.

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Despite being scared and worried that the vehicle might blow up at any moment, he was able to rescue all four occupants.

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“I said (to the driver), ‘Don’t thank me,’” Gavin said. “It’s just something I did, because what’s the point of letting somebody lose their life?”

Gavin was recognized by the Waterbury Police for his actions. Without his quick-thinking, it’s possible the mother and her children could have been more seriously injured or even died.

Thank you Justin for risking injury and saving four strangers’ lives. You are a hero!

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