Officer rescues toddler running on side of IL highway

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2018

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

Mannino tells CBS Chicago he first thought the boy was a stray dog.

As a thanks for his heroism, Sgt. Mannino received a life saving service award from the department.

Mannino, who was on patrol, stopped his police auto to block a lane of traffic, ran after the child and scooped him up, telling him "you're OK". 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.

An Illinois police sergeant is being hailed a hero after rescuing a young child who "escaped his mother's watchful eye".

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The child wasn't injured.

The boy ran out of his house while his mother wasn't looking, according to police. No charges were sought in the case.

"I have twin boys", he said. Police said it was an accident.

Mannino then got out on foot and chased after the boy, managing to quickly get him to safety as cars and tractor-trailers sped by.

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