Officer receives award for rescuing toddler seen running along busy highway

Officer receives award for rescuing toddler seen running along busy highway

When Mannino first saw the figure on the busy highway, he says he thought it was some kind of animal, according to WGN.

"I was praying to God he wouldn't make a left turn to enter that lane of traffic", Mannino said. He then chased the boy down, even as the 1-year-old continued running.

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". The 1-year-old was running alongside traffic, including large trucks whizzing by at risky speeds.

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Dash cam footage shows a police sergeant rescuing a child running along the road near Chicago. 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. Mannino then tells dispatchers he would begin looking for the boy's parents.

As a thanks for his heroism, Sgt. Mannino received a life saving service award from the department. No one was hurt in the incident.

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