Police officer rescues IL boy running alongside traffic

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

Officer rescues toddler running on side of Illinois highway

A police officer is receiving nationwide praise after his department released dashcam video showing him save a toddler who was running unattended along a busy highway.

Mannino was presented his department's lifesaving award on Thursday, the department said. Dash cam from Sergeant Anthony Mannino's patrol auto shows him plucking a toddler from harm's way in Naperville, Illinois last month.

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"I have twin boys", he said. He then chased the boy down, even as the 1-year-old continued running.

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".

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Sergeant Mannino quickly caught up to the boy and pulled him out of harm's way. The child was out for only a matter of minutes before Mannino spotted him. Mannino then tells dispatchers he would begin looking for the boy's parents.

According to police, the toddler "escaped his mother's watchful eye" and left his home.

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Authorities say no one was hurt in the incident.

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