Published: Tue, June 12, 2018

Naperville officer rescues young boy running on Route 59

Naperville officer rescues young boy running on Route 59

Sergeant Mannino received a lifesaver award from his department.

From a distance, he thought the figure moving near Route 59 was some kind of animal.

But as he drew closer, he realized it was a 1-year-old boy running along the highway's right lane, just steps away from passing cars.

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".

Once Mannino stops his vehicle, he runs after the boy, shouting "come here". The child was out for only a matter of minutes before Mannino spotted him. However, the boy keeps running, forcing Mannino into a full sprint to catch up. Luckily, no one was hurt, and we attribute that to Sgt. Mannino's observation while on patrol and quick reaction, placing his squad vehicle and himself between the child and traffic.

Naperville Police said the little boy "escaped his mother's watchful eye" and got out of his house. She told the sergeant he had made it about two blocks from their home before he was saved by the quick-thinking cop.

No charges were filed. The mother was not charged as the incident was deemed an accident, the spokeman said.

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