IL officer receives award for rescuing boy running on busy highway

IL officer receives award for rescuing boy running on busy highway

IL officer receives award for rescuing boy running on busy highway

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. Sgt. Mannino was presented the police department's Life Saving Award on June 7.

At one point, a large truck can be seen passing within a few feet of the child at a high rate of speed.

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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"Come here!" Mannino shouts as he runs and catches up to the little boy.

The officer then picked the child up, carrying him out of harm's way. The boy runs away from the sergeant, prompting the officer to sprint after the boy south along Route 59. She told the sergeant he had made it about two blocks from their home before he was saved by the quick-thinking cop. The mother was not charged as the incident was deemed an accident, the spokeman said.

No charges were filed, according to WGN.

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