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A brave Connecticut teen saves the lives of a mom and three children by pulling them from a burning car

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A Connecticut teenager was walking down the street when he saw something that made his heart sink. A small SUV covered in flames drove past him -- he could see a little girl out the car window.

Justin Gavin, 18, was on a walk to a local Walgreens when he first realized there was a car on fire.

Drivers honked their horns and got out their cars to notify the mother driving the burning vehicle that it was in flames, Gavin said.

"I'm yelling stop the car!

Your car is on fire!

Your car is on fire!" Gavin told CNN.

He chased down the burning car to help the family escape.

"I just felt like if I was in that situation, I would want somebody to help me out," Gavin said.

When Gavin finally reached the vehicle it had come to a stop.

He opened the car door and helped the mother out of the driver's seat first, officials said.

According to Gavin, the car was engulfed by flames moments later.

And luckily, I did," Gavin said.

The mother credits the teen with saving her family's life, officials said.

The police department honored Gavin as a hero.

Gavin told CNN the experience was inspiring and changed his perspective of the police.

"It made me realize life is short," Gavin said.

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