Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Naperville officer rescues toddler running on Route 59

Naperville officer rescues toddler running on Route 59

A heroic police officer jumped into action as he spotted a young child running along an IL highway as cars zipped past.

Sgt. Anthony Mannino, a 24-year veteran of the Naperville, IL, Police Department, is being called a hero for his actions last month.

The video shows Mannino pull his cruiser up behind the boy and get out, chasing him down and yelling, "Hey, hey, hey, come here", then stopping him up and telling him "You're OK, you're OK".

"I was praying to God he wouldn't make a left turn to enter that lane of traffic", Mannino said. However, the boy keeps running, forcing Mannino into a full sprint to catch up.

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"The kid just got out of the house", Mannino later told CBS Chicago station WBBM-TV.

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

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

The boy's mother arrived moments after Mannino saved him, WGN reports.

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