Officer rescues toddler running on side of IL highway

WATCH Jarring dashcam footage shows hero cop running to save toddler on side of very busy highway

WATCH Jarring dashcam footage shows hero cop running to save toddler on side of very busy highway

The boy runs away from the sergeant, prompting the officer to sprint after the boy south along Route 59.

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

Sgt. Anthony Mannino was on patrol when he saw the child running on the side of Route 59, so he used his patrol vehicle to block traffic.

The video shows the 1-year-old boy running down the roadway as traffic passes just a few feet from him. However, the boy keeps running, forcing Mannino into a full sprint to catch up.

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

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. Sergeant Mannino was awarded the department's Life Saving Award last week.

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

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