IL officer receives award for rescuing boy running on busy highway

Police officer lauded for saving toddler on Illinois highway (video)

Officer rescues toddler running on side of Illinois highway

Last month, Mannino's dash cam captured a shocking sight showing a toddler running all by himself in the right lane of a busy highway.

Sgt. Anthony Mannino, a 24-year veteran of the Naperville, IL, Police Department, is being called a hero for his actions last month.

As a result of his quick-thinking response, Naperville PD awarded the sergeant with the department's Life Saving Award on June 7, the Facebook post said.

Mannino, who was on patrol, stopped his police auto to block a lane of traffic, ran after the child and scooped him up, telling him "you're OK". However, the boy keeps running, forcing Mannino into a full sprint to catch up. The child was out for only a matter of minutes before Mannino spotted him.

No one was hurt, which the police department attributes to Mannino's "observation while on patrol and quick reaction, placing his squad auto and himself between the child and traffic".

According to a Naperville police spokesman, the boy ran out of his mother's home when she wasn't looking. The mother was not charged as the incident was deemed an accident, the spokeman said.

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