Cop scoops up toddler trotting on busy highway

WATCH Jarring dashcam footage shows hero cop running to save toddler on side of very busy highway

Naperville Police Sergeant Anthony Mannino has seen a lot in his 20-plus years on the job, but nothing quite like what saw while patrolling a busy highway several weeks ago.

Mannino stopped his squad vehicle 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".

A police officer is receiving nationwide praise after his department released dashcam video showing him save a toddler who was running unattended along a busy highway. Sgt. Mannino quickly caught up to the boy and pulled him out of harm's way. "You're OK, you're OK", Mannino calmly tells the boy as he grabs him.

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

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

"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", said the department on Facebook. Police ruled the incident an accident.