Officer rescues toddler running on side of IL highway

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

Cars continue to drive by in the left lane as the scene unfolds.

"I initially thought it was a dog at-large about to run into the street", Mannino said. He then chased the boy down, even as the 1-year-old continued running. The 1-year-old was running alongside traffic, including large trucks whizzing by at unsafe speeds.

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.

Sergeant Anthony Mannino received the Naperville Police Department's life saving award Thursday because of a heroic act that was caught on video. However, the boy keeps running, forcing Mannino into a full sprint to catch up.

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A heroic police officer rescued a child wandering in the middle of a highway in IL. Mannino then tells dispatchers he would begin looking for the boy's parents.

Authorities say no one was hurt in the incident.

Sergeant Mannino with the Naperville police department saw the boy and sprung into action.

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

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