IL officer receives award for rescuing boy running on busy highway


IL officer receives award for rescuing boy running on busy highway

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

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

The sergeant pulled over and parked his squad vehicle to block traffic in the lane.

"I initially thought it was a dog at-large about to run into the street", Mannino said.

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.

During the chase, a large truck could be seen passing within a few feet of the child at a high rate of speed.

Dash cam footage shows a police sergeant rescuing a child running along the road near Chicago.

"Come here!" Mannino shouts as he runs and catches up to the little boy. Mannino then tells dispatchers he would begin looking for the boy's parents. The last comment heard in the dashcam footage is Mannino asking the child his name.

Sergeant Mannino with the Naperville police department saw the boy and sprung into action.

The young boy "escaped his mother's watchful eye" and left his house. The mother was not charged as the incident was deemed an accident, the spokeman said.