Dashcam captures officer rescuing wandering child from busy road

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

Police Department officer was honored for rescuing a toddler running alongside a freeway last month.

Sgt. Anthony Mannino was driving on Route 59 when he saw the boy running along the right lane of the highway. Motorists, apparently unaware of the child, pass by at high speeds. The 1-year-old was running alongside traffic, including large trucks whizzing by at risky speeds.

Mannino's sense of urgency increased as he chased the child, with cars speeding by.

The sergeant pulled over and parked his squad vehicle to block traffic in the lane.




"You're OK, you're OK", Mannino tells the boy once he finally catches up. Then as he drew closer, Mannino realized it was actually a toddler wandering dangerously close to traffic. The last comment heard in the video is Mannino asking the boy his name.

Naperville Police said the little boy "escaped his mother's watchful eye" and got out of his house.

As a thanks for his heroism, Sgt. Mannino received a life saving service award from the department.

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