IL police officer saves child running along busy road

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

The dashcam footage shows Sgt. Anthony Mannino stop his patrol vehicle on the right side of a busy highway, just behind where the young boy is running.

The Naperville Police Department posted dashcam video of last month's rescue by Sgt. Anthony Mannino on its Facebook page Monday.

The department presented Sgt. Mannino on Thursday with their "Life Saving Award" for his actions.

When Mannino first saw the figure on the busy highway, he says he thought it was some kind of animal, according to WGN. The 2-year-old boy is running south on Route 59 along the right lane, steps away from passing motorists in the center lane.

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The sergeant pulled over and parked his squad vehicle to block traffic in the lane.

"Come here!" Mannino shouts as he runs and catches up to the little boy.

Authorities say no one was hurt in the incident.

An Illinois police sergeant is being hailed a hero after rescuing a young child who "escaped his mother's watchful eye". She told the sergeant he had made it about two blocks from their home before he was saved by the quick-thinking cop.

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