Officer rescues toddler running on side of IL highway

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Police in IL released video showing the moment an officer stopped to save a young boy he saw running on the side of a busy road.

"I was praying to God he wouldn't make a left turn to enter that lane of traffic", Mannino said.

Mannino, who was on patrol, stopped his police auto to block a lane of traffic, ran after the child and scooped him up, telling him "you're OK".

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

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

The officer then picked the child up, carrying him out of harm's way.

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An Illinois police sergeant is being hailed a hero after rescuing a young child who "escaped his mother's watchful eye".

After about 30 strides, Mannino catches the child, according to the dashcam footage.

Mannino says the mother showed up moments later and "obviously was very emotional". Police ruled the incident an accident.

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