Naperville officer rescues toddler running on Route 59

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

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

Police in IL released video showing the moment an officer stopped to save a young boy he saw running on the side of a busy road.

"I have twin boys", he said.

When Mannino catches the boy, the dash cam footage shows him telling him "You're OK, you're OK", then asking the boy his name. At one point in the video, a large truck passes just a few feet from the boy, who appears to veer toward the center lane of traffic. 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 alerts dispatch that he has him and would begin searching for his parents.

According to the Naperville Police Department, which posted the footage to its Facebook page Monday afternoon, the boy "escaped his mother's watchful eye".

Mannino was presented with the Life Saving Award from the Naperville Police Department last Thursday for his actions.

Authorities say no one was hurt in the incident.

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