Brave teenager dubbed a hero after saving mom and her kids' lives

Brave teenager dubbed a hero after saving mom and her kids' lives

- A young man recently bacame a hero after he saved a mom and her children from a burning car

- 18-year-old Justin Gavin from Connecticut was on his way to a local store when the car which was on fire passed him by

- Realising that the passengers may be trapped, he chased the car down and sprung into action

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Justin Gavin recently received the well-deserved title of a hero after he saved a mom and her children from their burning car. Justin, who is only 18 years old, comes from Connecticut in the US.

In a recent interview, Justin explained how he was making his way to a local store when he saw a car that was on fire passing him by. Obviously taken aback, Justin tried yelling to the driver that the vehicle had caught fire, telling her to get out.

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Justin then explains how he saw a young child in the backseat of the burning vehicle crying out for help. At this point he realised that the female driver may not be able to stop the car. That's when he started running after it.

Brave teenager dubbed a hero after saving mom and her kids' lives
Justin is now a hero. Source: CNN
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"I'm yelling, stop the car! Your car is on fire! Your car is on fire!" Justin told CNN in an exclusive interview.

According to Gavin, his decision to take action came after he considered how he would've felt if he found himself in a similar situation.

"I just felt like if I was in that situation, I would want somebody to help me out," Justin said. "I guess my instincts took over."

Once Justin was able to catch up with the car, which finally managed to stop, he first helped the mother out. He then reached for the three terrified children in the backseat. His heroic actions saw him being awarded with a "Challenge Coin" by the local police department.

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"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 the Chief Police Officer who handed Justin the coin.

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Absa received over 8000 entries which they choose the top 100 and eventually the 10 of the finest. Many of the Top 100 recognised students of the Absa Gradstar have received job offers from major employers as a result of being recognized through this program.

1 of the top 100 is Sanele Thwala hailing from Ladysmith in KZN. He is a final year psychology student at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in PE. Thwala studies Psychology because he feels that it helps people understand themselves, behaviours and perceptions.

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