Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Police officer rescues toddler running along highway

Police officer rescues toddler running along highway

A heroic police officer jumped into action as he spotted a young child running along an IL highway as cars zipped past.

A Naperville police officer was caught on camera rescuing a toddler wandering on a busy road.

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Mannino then got out on foot and chased after the boy, managing to quickly get him to safety as cars and tractor-trailers sped by.

Mannino was honored with a Life Saving Award from the police department Friday.

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"I initially thought it was a dog at-large about to run into the street", Mannino said.

"You're OK. You're OK", said Mannino, when he caught up to the boy. No one was hurt in the incident. Luckily, no one was hurt, and 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.

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The department's post says the child "escaped his mother's watchful eye" and wandered along Route 59 as traffic whizzed by. She told the officer he had made it about two blocks from their home.

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