Naperville officer rescues toddler running on Route 59


An officer is being honored for rescuing a toddler he spotted running on the side of a busy highway in a Chicago suburb last month. Sergeant Mannino received a lifesaver award from his department.

The dashcam footage shows Sgt. Anthony Mannino stop his patrol auto on the right side of a busy highway, just behind where the young boy is running.

The video taken from Sgt. Anthony Mannino's dashcam shows the officer stopping near Route 59 and Gowdey Road, just north of Aurora Road.

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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". She told the sergeant he had made it about two blocks from their home before he was saved by the quick-thinking cop. Mannino then alerts dispatch that he has him and would begin searching for his parents.

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.