Sgt. Anthony Mannino is being hailed as a hero after he rescued a 1-year-old from a busy highway near Aurora, Illinois.
A Naperville, Illinois, police officer is receiving viral attention after his department released jarring dashcam footage showing him stopping his patrol vehicle on a busy highway last month to rescue a toddler running on the side of the highway.
When Mannino catches the boy, the dash cam footage shows him telling him "You're OK, you're OK", then asking the boy his name.
Naperville Police said the little boy "escaped his mother's watchful eye" and got out of his house.
Naperville Police Department FacebookA Naperville Police office rescued a toddler alone on a busy road in Naperville Ill. May 2018
The sergeant pulled over and parked his squad auto to block traffic in the lane.
A Naperville Police office rescued a toddler alone on a busy road in Naperville, Ill., May 2018. Luckily, no one was hurt, and we attribute that to Sgt. Mannino's observation while on patrol and quick reaction, placing his squad auto and himself between the child and traffic.
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.
Mannino told WBBM-TV that he at first thought he spotted a stray dog, but then his parental instincts took over.