The dashcam footage shows Sgt. Anthony Mannino stop his patrol auto on the right side of a busy highway, just behind where the young boy is running.
Mannino, who was on patrol, stopped his police vehicle to block a lane of traffic, ran after the child and scooped him up, telling him "you're OK". The 1-year-old was running alongside traffic, including large trucks whizzing by at unsafe speeds. The boy runs away from the sergeant, prompting the officer to sprint after the boy south along Route 59. In dashcam footage of the rescue, Mannino is seen running after the child before carrying it back to his cruiser. "You're OK, you're OK", Mannino calmly tells the boy as he grabs him.
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The officer then picked the child up, carrying him out of harm's way.
According to the Naperville Police Department, which posted the footage to its Facebook page Monday afternoon, the boy "escaped his mother's watchful eye". No charges were filed against the mother, and police ruled the incident was an accident. On June 7, Sgt. Mannino was presented the department's Life Saving Award.