Police officer rescues toddler running along highway

12 June, 2018, 21:35 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Naperville Police Department  FacebookA Naperville Police office rescued a toddler alone on a busy road in Naperville Ill. May 2018

An Illinois police sergeant received his department's life-saving award after he chased down a toddler whom he found running all by himself in the right lane of a busy highway.

A Naperville, Illinois, police officer is receiving viral attention after his department released jarring dashcam footage showing him stopping his patrol vehicle on a busy highway last month to rescue a toddler running on the side of the highway.

Mannino was presented with the Life Saving Award from the Naperville Police Department last Thursday for his actions.

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

From a distance, he thought the figure moving near Route 59 was some kind of animal.

Mannino stopped his squad vehicle in the right lane, keeping the lane clear of traffic, and then ran up to the child while shouting at him to stop and "come here". The 1-year-old was running alongside traffic, including large trucks whizzing by at unsafe speeds. Sgt. Mannino quickly caught up to the boy and pulled him out of harm's way.

According to a Naperville police spokesman, the boy ran out of his mother's home when she wasn't looking. Police ruled the incident an accident.

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