Cars continue to drive by in the left lane as the scene unfolds.
Sergeant Anthony Mannino received the Naperville Police Department's life saving award Thursday because of a heroic act that was caught on video.
When Mannino first saw the figure on the busy highway, he says he thought it was some kind of animal, according to WGN. He then chased the boy down, even as the 1-year-old continued running. 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.
Naperville Police Department FacebookA Naperville Police office rescued a toddler alone on a busy road in Naperville Ill. May 2018
The rescue was all caught on camera, showing the officer run after the child and tell him he's okay. Luckily, no one was hurt, and we attribute that to Sgt. Mannino's observation while on patrol and quick reaction, placing his squad vehicle and himself between the child and traffic.
Mannino says the mother showed up moments later and "obviously was very emotional". The mother was not charged as the incident was deemed an accident, the spokeman said.
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