Officer rescues toddler running on side of IL highway

Naperville Police Department  FacebookA Naperville Police office rescued a toddler alone on a busy road in Naperville Ill. May 2018

Sgt. Anthony Mannino found the boy running down the side of the busy street and jumped into action.

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. At one point, a large truck can be seen passing within a few feet of the approximately 1-year-old child at a high rate of speed.

"Come here!" Mannino shouts as he runs and catches up to the little boy. Mannino then tells dispatchers he would begin looking for the boy's parents.

Naperville Police Department  FacebookA Naperville Police office rescued a toddler alone on a busy road in Naperville Ill. May 2018
Naperville Police Department FacebookA Naperville Police office rescued a toddler alone on a busy road in Naperville Ill. May 2018

"We attribute that to Sgt. Mannino's observation while on patrol and quick reaction, placing his squad auto and himself between the child and traffic", said the department on Facebook. The department's post says the child "escaped his mother's watchful eye" and wandered along Route 59 as traffic whizzed by.

Mannino says the mother showed up moments later and "obviously was very emotional". Police ruled the incident an accident.

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