Officer rescues toddler running along busy road in heart-stopping video

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

The officer said he immediately slammed on his breaks.

When Mannino first saw the figure on the busy highway, he says he thought it was some kind of animal, according to WGN.

He quickly realized, however, it was actually a small child. In dashcam footage of the rescue, Mannino is seen running after the child before carrying it back to his cruiser.

"I did what any of my peers would have done", Mannino said, "position that auto, get out and quickly corral that kid before something bad would have happened".

Cars continue to drive by in the left lane as the scene unfolds. However, the boy keeps running, forcing Mannino into a full sprint to catch up.


The toddler had snuck away from his mom, who arrived moments later.

"It could have definitely had a very tragic ending", Mannino added.

The department posted dash cam video of the incident to Facebook and noted Mannino was presented Thursday with a live-saving service award.

"Well done, Sergeant", the police department wrote on their page.

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