Connecticut Teen Hero Saves Family From Burning Car

When Justin Gavin saw a burning car come rolling to a stop near him, the 18 year-old Waterbury young man sprang into action.

"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.

Justin was able to get the small children, one of them a one-year old baby out of the car safely, as well as their mother.

Hours after the dramatic rescue, the police chief presented Justin with a challenge coin -- one of the city's highest honors.

"It's just to acknowledge this heroic act that you conducted today and just a token of my appreciation for you being a great member of this community," Waterbury police chief Fernando Spagnolo said.

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