Last month, Mannino's dash cam captured a shocking sight showing a toddler running all by himself in the right lane of a busy highway.
The Naperville Police Department said Monday that Sgt. Anthony Mannino was recently given the department's Life Saving Award for bringing the child to safety last month on the side of Route 59 outside of Chicago. One large truck passes just feet away from the child, who the officer describes to dispatchers as about 1-year-old.
Naperville Police Department FacebookA Naperville Police office rescued a toddler alone on a busy road in Naperville Ill. May 2018
The sergeant pulled over and parked his squad auto to block traffic in the lane.
Once Mannino stops his auto, he runs after the boy, shouting "come here".
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"You're OK, you're OK", Mannino tells the boy once he finally catches up.
The child "escaped his mother's watchful eye" and left his home, according to the Naperville Police Department's Facebook page. Sergeant Mannino received a lifesaver award from his department. The child was out for only a matter of minutes before Mannino spotted him. No charges were filed against the mother, and police ruled the incident was an accident.
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