Friday, 22 June, 2018

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

Police officer lauded for saving toddler on Illinois highway (video) Officer rescues toddler running on side of Illinois highway
Lisa Bryan | 13 June, 2018, 19:23

An officer is being honored for rescuing a toddler he spotted running on the side of a busy highway in a Chicago suburb last month.

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

"I have twin boys, and there's not a day that goes by where something bad happens, you always think of your own kids", Mannino said. However, the boy keeps running, forcing Mannino into a full sprint to catch up. Mannino then tells dispatchers he would begin looking for the boy's parents. The Naperville Police Department posted dashcam video of last month's rescue by Sgt. Anthony Mannino on its Facebook page Monday.


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

Officers later learned that the child "escaped his mother's watchful eye" and left his home, according to police.

As a thanks for his heroism, Sgt. Mannino received a life saving service award from the department. The mother was not charged as the incident was deemed an accident, the spokeman said.

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