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.
An Illinois police sergeant received his department's life-saving award after he chased down a toddler whom he found running all by himself in the right lane of a busy highway. However, the boy keeps running, forcing Mannino into a full sprint to catch up. Mannino then tells dispatchers he would begin looking for the boy's parents. The last comment heard in the dashcam footage is Mannino asking the child his name. The child was out for only a matter of minutes before Mannino spotted him.
The department's post says the child "escaped his mother's watchful eye" and wandered along Route 59 as traffic whizzed by.
"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", the department wrote on its Facebook page. No charges were filed against the mother, and police ruled the incident was an accident.
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