Heroic teen saves mom, 3 children from a burning car: Justin Gavin Biography, Wiki
Justin Gavin is a Connecticut teen who reportedly rescued a mother and her teen children from a burning car on Wednesday.
In a video posted to Facebook, Waterbury police Captain Michael Dasilva thanked Justin Gavin, 18, for saving the family of four. Gavin was reportedly walking down West Main Street when he spotted a burning vehicle come to a rolling stop at Sperry Street.
Dasilva praised Gavin for jumping into action “without caring for his own safety.” Gavin reportedly opened the driver’s door and helped Latrisha Chambers remove her seat belt. Then he went to the back seat and rescued Chambers’ three children – a 9-year-old boy, a 4-year-old boy and a 1-year-old boy who were in a car seat, according to police.
Gavin told WVIT that he had just gotten off a bus when he noticed the van on fire. Meanwhile, Chambers said she was “in a state of shock” and had not realized her car was on fire.
“I told the girl to unbuckle her seat belt as quickly as she could so that when she opened the door, she could get them out,” Gavin recalled. “I was a little scared because I had never seen a car on fire before.”
On Wednesday, Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo presented Gavin with a “challenge coin,” an item he normally gives to officers for heroic acts.
“I hope that when you have that coin, it will remind you of this day and you can reflect on all the good that came out of this for you and the family you saved … You can always look at that moment and reflect on this great moment in your life”, the police chief told Gavin.
The teenager replied, “I will definitely do it, thank you.”