This is the incredible moment four heroic Iowa police officers catch three young children dropped to safety from a third story window of a burning building by their desperate mother.
The senior cops have been praised for their quick thinking and bravery after body camera footage of the moment they arrived on the scene was released.
In footage taken from the scene the four men, named as Cole Johnson, Craig Vasquez, Tyler Kelley, and Casey Sanders, are seen helping the Des Moines firefighters with a blaze at an apartment block.
Police say the officers ‘quickly positioned themselves outside the building’ after the emergency services were called in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
One officer is heard shouting to the mother, later identified as O’Sheana Harrison, as each child – all aged three or under – is thrown one by one to safety on the ground below.
He says: ‘Ma’am, get all your kids by the window. Send them down, I got them. Drop them.’
Sirens can be heard in the background of the police bodycam footage as the cops carry out their daring rescue.
The first child drops into an officer’s arms as he tells O’Sheana to ‘keep going’. The youngster can be heard crying and is comforted by the law enforcement official.
They then continue the rescue, calling out ‘next one’ before all three children, named as three-month-old Jayciere, 18-month-old Ariyah and three-year-old Breeaylah, are saved.
Huge flames can be seen billowing from one of the windows of the complex as the officers shout for a ladder to help rescue O’Sheana.
They add: ‘We got somebody trapped, we got the kids. Hold on, it’s ok. We got the babies, just stay calm. You’re ok.’
The officers can then be heard comforting the visibly distressed kids while rescue efforts are made to free their mom, telling them: ‘Your mommy is going to get out, ok. I got you, baby.’
No one was injured in the incident and all residents were evacuated safely.
O’Sheana later praised the officers for their help in saving the lives of her children.
She told WhoTV: ‘When I opened the door it was just like a wall of thick smoke.
‘He was like, “you got to trust me,” and I don’t trust anybody with my kids, but at that point in time, all I thought was I had to get them out.
‘I can’t say thank you enough. I owe them the world because they saved my world.’
In a statement on Facebook Des Moines police wrote: ‘Early this morning, DMPD officers responded to assist DMFD with a structure fire at an apartment complex in the 3700 block of MLK Parkway. Officers arrived to find that heavy smoke was preventing their access to the 3rd floor.
‘Senior Police Officers Cole Johnson, Craig Vasquez, Tyler Kelley, and Casey Sanders quickly positioned themselves outside the building, and caught children that were dropped to them from a 3rd floor window. All are well.
‘Please join us in thanking these officers, and those who serve with them, for leaving their homes every day to help make Des Moines the safe and secure city that it is!’
Lt. Rick Thomas of the Des Moines Fire Department said the cause of the fire is now being investigated.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Lauren Fruen