Officer rescues toddler running along busy road in heart-stopping video

Naperville Police Department  FacebookA Naperville Police office rescued a toddler alone on a busy road in Naperville Ill. May 2018

Naperville Police Department FacebookA Naperville Police office rescued a toddler alone on a busy road in Naperville Ill. May 2018

A police sergeant was honored for his quick actions in rescuing a young child from a busy roadway in suburban Chicago.

Mannino was presented his department's lifesaving award on Thursday, the department said.

Police also released this footage of Sergent Anthony Mannino stopping his patrol vehicle and running after the toddler on Route 59, before picking him up to comfort him.

"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.

Sgt. Anthony Mannino is being hailed as a hero after he rescued a 1-year-old from a busy highway near Aurora, Illinois.

Naperville Police Department  FacebookA Naperville Police office rescued a toddler alone on a busy road in Naperville Ill. May 2018
Naperville Police Department FacebookA Naperville Police office rescued a toddler alone on a busy road in Naperville Ill. May 2018

During the chase, a large truck could be seen passing within a few feet of the child at a high rate of speed.

"Come here!" Mannino shouts as he runs and catches up to the little boy. The child was out for only a matter of minutes before Mannino spotted him.

Mannino alerted dispatch that he caught the boy and would begin the search for his parents, according to the Naperville Sun. No one was hurt in the incident.

The boy's mother arrived moments after Mannino saved him, WGN reports.

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