Police officer rescues young boy running on busy highway

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A police officer is receiving nationwide praise after his department released dashcam video showing him save a toddler who was running unattended along a busy highway.

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

Sergeant Anthony Mannino received the Naperville Police Department's life saving award Thursday because of a heroic act that was caught on video. The 1-year-old was running alongside traffic, including large trucks whizzing by at risky speeds. The boy runs away from the sergeant, prompting the officer to sprint after the boy south along Route 59.

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

Naperville Police Department  FacebookA Naperville Police office rescued a toddler alone on a busy road in Naperville Ill. May 2018
Naperville Police Department FacebookA Naperville Police office rescued a toddler alone on a busy road in Naperville Ill. May 2018

"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.

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

No charges were filed against the mother, and police ruled the incident was an accident.

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