Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Toddler wandering dangerously close to highway rescued by quick-thinking cop

Police officer lauded for saving toddler on Illinois highway (video) Officer rescues toddler running on side of Illinois highway
Jeannette Daniel | 12 June, 2018, 20:02

A post on the Naperville Police Department's Facebook page says the incident occurred last month when the 1-year-old boy managed to slip out of his house.

Sgt. Anthony Mannino was on patrol when he saw the child running on the side of Route 59, so he used his patrol auto to block traffic. Then as he drew closer, Mannino realized it was actually a toddler wandering dangerously close to traffic.

Mannino was presented his department's lifesaving award on Thursday, the department said. He responded quickly, parking his squad vehicle to block traffic and pulling the little boy to safety, according to WGN.

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"You're OK. You're OK", said Mannino, when he caught up to the boy.

Mannino alerted dispatch that he caught the boy and would begin the search for his parents, according to the Naperville Sun.

The boy's mother arrived moments after Mannino saved him, WGN reports.

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