Police officer rescues toddler running along highway

Police officer rescues toddler running along highway

An Illinois police sergeant is being hailed a hero after rescuing a young child who "escaped his mother's watchful eye".

A Naperville, Illinois, police officer is receiving viral attention after his department released jarring dashcam footage showing him stopping his patrol auto on a busy highway last month to rescue a toddler running on the side of the highway. Sergeant Anthony Mannino was driving along Route 59 last month when he saw the little boy.

The department posted dash cam video of the incident to Facebook and noted Mannino was presented Thursday with a live-saving service award. He responded quickly, parking his squad vehicle to block traffic and pulling the little boy to safety.

The child wasn't injured.

Police said the child had left his mother's home before taking a run on the busy road. No charges were sought in the case.

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He told CBS 2 that at first he thought he spotted a stray dog.

"I have twin boys", he said.

The police department says Mannino last week received its lifesaving award for his efforts.

Once Mannino stops his auto, he runs after the boy, shouting "come here".

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