Video shows police sergeant rescuing child from busy roadway

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

Officer rescues toddler running on side of Illinois highway

An Illinois police sergeant is being hailed a hero after rescuing a young child who "escaped his mother's watchful eye".

Sgt. Anthony Mannino was on patrol when he saw the child running on the side of Route 59, so he used his patrol auto to block traffic.

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As a result of his quick-thinking response, Naperville PD awarded the sergeant with the department's Life Saving Award on June 7, the Facebook post said.

The boy was teetering in and out of a lane of traffic as cars and trucks rushed by, prompting the officer to shout and run after him, according to the dash-cam video. Police say he lived nearby and he was quickly reunited with his mother.

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He told CBS 2 that at first he thought he spotted a stray dog.

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".

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"I have twin boys, and there's not a day that goes by where something bad happens, you always think of your own kids", Mannino said.

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