A Naperville, Illinois, police officer is receiving viral attention after his department released jarring dashcam footage showing him stopping his patrol vehicle on a busy highway last month to rescue a toddler running on the side of the highway.
As a result of his role in the rescue, Mannino received the Naperville Police Department's Life Saving Award last week, according to the post. "I initially thought it was a dog at large about to run into the street", Mannino said. He then chased the boy down, even as the 1-year-old continued running. The 1-year-old was running alongside traffic, including large trucks whizzing by at unsafe speeds. It was a heart-stopping moment when Sergeant Anthony Mannino, 24, spotted the young boy wandering onto Route 59, just inches away from speeding traffic. He quickly realized, however, it was a small child. She told the officer he had made it about two blocks from their home.
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No charges were filed against the mother, and police ruled the incident was an accident.