Officer rescues toddler running on side of IL highway

Officer rescues toddler running on side of IL highway

Officer rescues toddler running on side of IL highway

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

Sgt. Anthony Mannino is being hailed as a hero after he rescued a 1-year-old from a busy highway near Aurora, Illinois. At one point in the video, a large truck passes just a few feet from the boy, who appears to veer toward the center lane of traffic. However, the boy keeps running, forcing Mannino into a full sprint to catch up. In dashcam footage of the rescue, Mannino is seen running after the child before carrying it back to his cruiser.

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"You're OK, you're OK", Mannino tells the boy once he finally catches up. Mannino then alerts dispatch that he has him and would begin searching for his parents. The child was out for only a matter of minutes before Mannino spotted him.

The young boy "escaped his mother's watchful eye" and left his house.

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As a thanks for his heroism, Sgt. Mannino received a life saving service award from the department. Police ruled the incident an accident.

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