Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Police officer lauded for saving toddler on IL highway

Police officer lauded for saving toddler on IL highway

The video taken from Sgt. Anthony Mannino's dashcam shows the officer stopping near Route 59 and Gowdey Road, just north of Aurora Road.

At one point, a large truck can be seen passing within a few feet of the approximately one-year-old child at a high rate of speed.

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"I did what any of my peers would have done", Mannino said, "position that vehicle, get out and quickly corral that kid before something bad would have happened". "You're OK, you're OK", Mannino calmly tells the boy as he grabs him.

Mannino alerted dispatch that he caught the boy and would begin the search for his parents, according to the Naperville Sun.

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Police said the boy had "escaped his mother's watchful eye" at home and was not hurt in the incident.

In a video of the pulse-pounding rescue, Mannino is seen jumping out of his vehicle to get the child. The child was out for only a matter of minutes before Mannino spotted him.

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As a thanks for his heroism, Sgt. Mannino received a life saving service award from the department.

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