Toddler wandering dangerously close to highway rescued by quick-thinking officer

Police officer lauded for saving toddler on Illinois highway (video)

Naperville Police Sergeant Anthony Mannino has seen a lot in his 20-plus years on the job, but nothing quite like what saw while patrolling a busy highway several weeks ago.

The department presented Sgt. Mannino on Thursday with their "Life Saving Award" for his actions. At one point in the video, a large truck passes just a few feet from the boy, who appears to veer toward the center lane of traffic.

Mannino, who was on patrol, stopped his police vehicle to block a lane of traffic, ran after the child and scooped him up, telling him "you're OK".

"You're OK. You're OK", said Mannino, when he caught up to the boy.

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

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

The boy's mother arrived moments after Mannino saved him, WGN reports.

No charges were filed.

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