Body cam footage captured Des Moines Police officers catching kids from the third floor of an apartment complex on fire. No one was injured.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Crying children trying to escape a fire early Tuesday morning were dropped out of a third-story window and caught by police officers.
The officers were assisting Des Moines firefighters with a blaze at an apartment complex. Heavy smoke prevented responders from reaching the third floor after getting the call at 3:14 a.m.
Lt. Rick Thomas of the Des Moines Fire Department said a mother dropped three of her children out of the window to police officers below:
“I got ’em, yup. Drop ’em,” one officer is heard yelling over the sounds of sirens. “Keep going. I got ’em. I got ’em.”
No children, firefighters or police officers were injured in the incident. Thomas said it is unknown how many people were in the building at the time of the fire.
Investigators are looking into the cause, but the room where the fire originated was too badly torched to immediately discern how the blaze started, Thomas said.
Senior officers Cole Johnson, Craig Vasquez, Tyler Kelley and Casey Sanders caught the children and were given a shout-out in a social media post published by the department Tuesday.
“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,” the post read.
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