Last month, Sgt. Andrew Mannino's dash cam captured the shocking sight of the toddler running all by himself in the right lane of the highway.
Cars continue to drive by in the left lane as the scene unfolds.
As a result of his quick-thinking response, Naperville PD awarded the sergeant with the department's Life Saving Award on June 7, the Facebook post said.
"I have twin boys", he said. One large truck passes just feet away from the child, who the officer describes to dispatchers as about 1-year-old.
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"I did what any of my peers would have done", Mannino said, "position that auto, get out and quickly corral that kid before something bad would have happened".
A heroic police officer rescued a child wandering in the middle of a highway in IL. Mannino then alerts dispatch that he has him and would begin searching for his parents.
Authorities say no one was hurt in the incident.
No one was hurt, which the police department attributes to Mannino's "observation while on patrol and quick reaction, placing his squad auto and himself between the child and traffic". She told the officer he had made it about two blocks from their home.