Police sergeant rescues child from busy roadway

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

A heroic police officer jumped into action as he spotted a young child running along an IL highway as cars zipped past.

The young boy "escaped his mother's watchful eye, left his house and was found by Sgt. Anthony Mannino running on Route 59", last month, the Naperville Police Department said in a Facebook post Monday.

Sergeant Mannino quickly caught up to the boy and pulled him out of harm's way.

"I initially thought it was a dog at-large about to run into the street", Mannino said. One large truck passes just feet away from the child, who the officer describes to dispatchers as about 1-year-old.

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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. He responded quickly, parking his squad vehicle to block traffic and pulling the little boy to safety.

The department presented Sgt. Mannino on Thursday with their "Life Saving Award" for his actions.

Mannino says the mother showed up moments later and "obviously was very emotional".

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