Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Police officer rescues IL boy running alongside traffic

Police officer rescues IL boy running alongside traffic

A police sergeant was honored for his quick actions in rescuing a young child from a busy roadway in suburban Chicago.

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.

The officer pulled over immediately and began chasing the boy, who ran away from him.

"I initially thought it was a dog at large about to run into the street", Mannino said. The 1-year-old was running alongside traffic, including large trucks whizzing by at risky speeds. The last comment heard in the dashcam footage is Mannino asking the child his name. Sgt. Mannino quickly caught up to the boy and pulled him out of harm's way.

Police said the boy had "escaped his mother's watchful eye" at home and was not hurt in the incident.

"We attribute that to Sgt. Mannino's observation while on patrol and quick reaction, placing his squad auto and himself between the child and traffic", said the department on Facebook.

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