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IL officer receives award for rescuing boy running on busy highway

WATCH Jarring dashcam footage shows hero cop running to save toddler on side of very busy highway IL officer receives award for rescuing boy running on busy highway
Melinda Barton | 12 June, 2018, 21:37

A Naperville, Illinois, police officer is being honored after he saved a young child running alongside a busy highway last month.

According to police, the toddler "escaped his mother's watchful eye" and left his home.

The video taken from Sgt. Anthony Mannino's dashcam shows the officer stopping near Route 59 and Gowdey Road, just north of Aurora Road. Mannino parked his cruiser to block traffic, then ran to the little boy who was eventually reunited with his mother. Luckily, no one was hurt, and we attribute that to Sgt. Mannino's observation while on patrol and quick reaction, placing his squad vehicle and himself between the child and traffic.

Mannino was presented his department's lifesaving award on Thursday, the department said.

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

"I have twin boys, and there's not a day that goes by where something bad happens, you always think of your own kids", Mannino said.

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.