Police officer rescues young boy running on busy highway

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An officer is seen rescuing a toddler running along a busy road in a Chicago suburb in a heart-stopping video.

Police said Mannino was honored with the department's Life Saving Award on June 7. Dash cam from Sergeant Anthony Mannino's patrol auto shows him plucking a toddler from harm's way in Naperville, Illinois last month.

Mannino stopped his squad auto in the right lane, keeping the lane clear of traffic, and then ran up to the child while shouting at him to stop and "come here".

Sergeant Mannino with the Naperville police department saw the boy and sprung into action.

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The department's post says the child "escaped his mother's watchful eye" and wandered along Route 59 as traffic whizzed by.

A Naperville Police office rescued a toddler alone on a busy road in Naperville, Ill., May 2018.

Mannino told WBBM-TV that he at first thought he spotted a stray dog, but then his parental instincts took over. However, the boy keeps running, forcing Mannino into a full sprint to catch up.

The police department says Mannino last week received its lifesaving award for his efforts.

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