Officer Honored for Rescuing Toddler From Illinois Highway

Pauline Gross
June 13, 2018

An officer is being honored for rescuing a toddler he spotted running on the side of a busy highway in a Chicago suburb last month.

The department posted dash cam video of the incident to Facebook and noted Mannino was presented Thursday with a live-saving service award. "I initially thought it was a dog at large about to run into the street", Mannino said. The 2-year-old boy is running south on Route 59 along the right lane, steps away from passing motorists in the center lane.

Mannino stopped his squad auto in the right lane, keeping the lane clear of traffic, and then ran up to the child while shouting at him to stop and "come here".

"Come here!" Mannino shouts as he runs and catches up to the little boy. Mannino then tells dispatchers he would begin looking for the boy's parents.

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The officer then picked the child up, carrying him out of harm's way. He quickly realized, however, it was a small child.

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

No charges were filed, according to WGN.

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