IL officer rescues young boy running on busy Chicago area road

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

A police sergeant was honored for his quick actions in rescuing a young child from a busy roadway in suburban Chicago.

Sergeant Anthony Mannino received the Naperville Police Department's life saving award Thursday because of a heroic act that was caught on video.

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

Last month, Sgt. Andrew Mannino's dash cam captured the shocking sight of the toddler running all by himself in the right lane of the highway.

"I have twin boys", he said.

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The video shows the 1-year-old boy running down the roadway as traffic passes just a few feet from him.

Mannino alerted dispatch that he caught the boy and would begin the search for his parents, according to the Naperville Sun. The child was out for only a matter of minutes before Mannino spotted him.

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"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", said the department on Facebook. The mother was not charged as the incident was deemed an accident, the spokeman said.

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