IL officer receives award for rescuing boy running on busy highway

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

The dashcam footage shows Sgt. Anthony Mannino stop his patrol auto on the right side of a busy highway, just behind where the young boy is running.

Cars continue to drive by in the left lane as the scene unfolds.

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

"I initially thought it was a dog at large about to run into the street", Mannino said. He then chased the boy down, even as the 1-year-old continued running.

Dash cam footage shows a police sergeant rescuing a child running along the road near Chicago.

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"I did what any of my peers would have done", Mannino said, "position that vehicle, get out and quickly corral that kid before something bad would have happened". Mannino then alerts dispatch that he has him and would begin searching for his parents. No one was hurt in the incident.

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

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Sergeant Mannino with the Naperville police department saw the boy and sprung into action.

No charges were filed, according to WGN.

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