WATCH: Hero Cop Saves Toddler Running Alone On Highway

An Illinois police officer driving along a highway gave those of us who honor police another reason for doing so, rescuing a 1-year-old child who was running alone on a busy highway.

Last month, Sgt. Anthony Mannino, a police officer from Naperville, was driving in the right lane on Route 59 when to his astonishment, he saw a toddler running south in the right lane, only feet away from the center lane. Mannino’s dashcam caught a large truck just missing the child as the child seemingly veered toward the center lane.

The dashcam video shows Mannino stopping in the right lane to block cars from the boy, then jumping out of his car and shouting at the boy to “come here.” The boy, instead, runs away, so Mannino sprints after him, and finally catches him, telling him, “You’re okay; you’re okay,” as he nabs him.

The Naperville Police Department wrote on Facebook:

Last month, this youngster escaped his mother's watchful eye, left his house and was found by Sgt. Anthony Mannino running on Route 59! Luckily, no one was hurt, and we attribute that to Sgt. Mannino's observation while on patrol and quick reaction, placing his squad car and himself between the child and traffic. On June 7, Sgt. Mannino was presented the department's Life Saving Award. Well done, Sergeant.

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from Daily Wire