Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Naperville officer rescues toddler running on Route 59

Naperville officer rescues toddler running on Route 59

Dash cam from Sergeant Anthony Mannino's patrol vehicle shows him plucking a toddler from harm's way in Naperville, Illinois last month.

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

The boy was teetering in and out of a lane of traffic as cars and trucks rushed by, prompting the officer to shout and run after him, according to the dash-cam video.

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

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The officer then picked the child up, carrying him out of harm's way.

As a thanks for his heroism, Sgt. Mannino received a life saving service award from the department. Mannino then tells dispatchers he would begin looking for the boy's parents. He responded quickly, parking his squad auto to block traffic and pulling the little boy to safety.

Naperville Police said the little boy "escaped his mother's watchful eye" and got out of his house. No charges were filed against the mother, and police ruled the incident was an accident.

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