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

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

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

The young boy was running along a busy road in Naperville, a suburb of Chicago, last month. Sergeant Anthony Mannino was driving along Route 59 last month when he saw the little boy.

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".

During the chase, a large truck could be seen passing within a few feet of the child at a high rate of speed.

A heroic police officer rescued a child wandering in the middle of a highway in IL. "I just wanted to get to him quickly and make sure he had no opportunity to move".

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Mannino alerted dispatch that he caught the boy and would begin the search for his parents, according to the Naperville Sun.

In a video of the pulse-pounding rescue, Mannino is seen jumping out of his vehicle to get the child.

No one was hurt, which the police department attributes to Mannino's "observation while on patrol and quick reaction, placing his squad vehicle and himself between the child and traffic". Police ruled the incident an accident.

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