IL officer receives award for rescuing boy running on busy highway

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

Naperville Police Sergeant Anthony Mannino has seen a lot in his 20-plus years on the job, but nothing quite like what saw while patrolling a busy highway in the Chicago area several weeks ago. Then as he drew closer, Mannino realized it was actually a toddler wandering dangerously close to traffic.

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

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. The 1-year-old was running alongside traffic, including large trucks whizzing by at unsafe speeds.

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Mannino alerted dispatch that he caught the boy and would begin the search for his parents, according to the Naperville Sun. The department's post says the child "escaped his mother's watchful eye" and wandered along Route 59 as traffic whizzed by.

The boy's mother arrived moments after Mannino saved him, WGN reports. Police ruled the incident an accident.

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