Naperville officer rescues toddler running on Route 59

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An officer is being honored for rescuing a toddler he spotted running on the side of a busy highway in a Chicago suburb last month. Sgt. Mannino was presented the police department's Life Saving Award on June 7.

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. 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.

When Mannino first saw the figure on the busy highway, he says he thought it was some kind of animal, according to WGN. "I just wanted to get to him quickly and make sure he had no opportunity to move". Mannino then tells dispatchers he would begin looking for the boy's parents.

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In a video of the pulse-pounding rescue, Mannino is seen jumping out of his vehicle to get the child.

A post on the Naperville Police Department's Facebook page says the incident occurred last month when the 1-year-old boy managed to slip out of his house.

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