Incredible moment heroic Iowa police officers catch three young children dropped to safety from a third story window of a burning building by their desperate mother crying out for help
- 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
- Cole Johnson, Craig Vasquez, Tyler Kelley, and Casey Sanders helped the Des Moines firefighters with a blaze at an apartment block Tuesday morning
- One by one each child – all aged three or under – is thrown to safety
- Officers then offer comfort as they help to save their mom O’Sheana Harrison
- They tell O’Sheana: ‘Hold on, it’s ok. We got the babies, just stay calm’
- She later said: ‘I owe them the world because they saved my world’
PUBLISHED: 11:03 EDT, 20 March 2019 | UPDATED: 14:32 EDT, 20 March 2019
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. ADVERTISING
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.’ Cop catches three kids dropped from third floor of burning building
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The senior cops were called to the scene in the early hours of Tuesday morning
Body camera footage from the scene showed the four officers instructing mom O’Sheana Harrison to throw her children to safety
One by one each child makes it safely out of the burning building where they are then comforted by the police officers on the ground
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.’
O’Sheana Harrison has praised officers after they helped to save three-month-old Jayciere, 18-month-old Ariyah and three-year-old Breeaylah
SPO Cole Johnson, top left, SPO Craig Vasquez, top right, SPO Casey Sanders, Bottom left, SPO Tyler Kelley, bottom right, were named as the four heroic officers
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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.
Officers must focus on building community trust to help solve Britain’s knife crime epidemic, says former New York police commissioner BILL BRATTON
PUBLISHED: 17:29 EDT, 9 March 2019 | UPDATED: 09:54 EDT, 10 March 2019
Former New York police commissioner Bill Bratton says the UK needs to focus on building community trust to solve the knife crime epidemic
There has been much discussion recently among British politicians and police officials regarding the knife crime the country is experiencing – a crisis that cannot be denied.
Although society can expect to see occasional spikes in violent crime, the abnormality here is the rise is taking place throughout the country.
Recent incidents are out of the norm and when some of the individuals murdered are total innocents, it just tips an issue and the public says enough is enough.
It is creating great damage to the public psyche, and is not helpful to the country’s image or tourism.
Political and police leadership need to understand the causes behind the uptick in the knife crime and devise a plan to address it.
The crime situation in Britain has been exacerbated by drastic cuts in the size of the police forces across the country while officers are being asked to do a lot more as other social services are reduced.
But it is not just the number of officers. It is how they are used.
Police currently have less time to focus on prevention and diminished time to connect with the communities they serve.
My personal hero, Sir Robert Peel, had it right in 1829 with his nine principles. The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder. When properly resourced, agencies can be successful in this mission. For too long, the limited resources have been focused on response, after the fact.
You need community cooperation, and overused stop and search will increase anger and mistrust. This will cause further alienation from the police and less co-operation.
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Police currently have less time to focus on prevention and diminished time to connect with the communities they serve (Picture: Knives on display at Greater Manchester Police HQ)
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I have a mantra: Cops Count – Police Matter. The individual actions of each cop count and the totality of actions of a police force matter.
Budgets need to be replenished and agency size enlarged. An increase in the number of officers should relate to ‘Bobbies on the Beat,’ who focus on building community trust, while also dealing more effectively with issues that are creating fear and disorder.
You have to move quickly dealing with knife crime, but have to be careful that you are not having unintended consequences.
What I would worry about is the idea of the quick fix, such as an unfocused increase in stop and search. That is a very valuable tool, but it is not the whole toolbox and you cannot let it get out of control.
You need community cooperation, and overused stop and search will increase anger and mistrust. This will cause further alienation from the police and less co-operation. If you load up a neighbourhood with extra police you are seen as being too assertive. You do not just want a taskforce patting people down, often times the wrong people – innocent people. The focus has to be on the actual criminals.
You might have less crime – by small margins – but it plants the seed of discord in the community.
You are where New York was before my second turn as commissioner in 2014 – too few police, being asked to do too much with too little. The response controlled crime, but ended up causing more harm than good.
What New York was doing then was treating a relatively healthy patient with too much medicine – too much enforcement, particularly stop and frisk.
What I put in place, and what the police are doing now, is precision policing.
We targeted the medicine, using enforcement only where it is needed, on the small number of people who commit violent crime and sicken their neighbourhoods, while building relationships with the much larger number of people who want their neighbourhoods to be healthy and strong.
In 2018, New York experienced the safest year on record. There were 10,000 recorded stop and searches — down from 700,000 in 2010 – allowing the city to continue to 28 years of steady crime decreases, making it the safest large city in the United States.
It wasn’t easy in New York, and it won’t be easy in Britain.
It will require not only more resources and personnel, but also the shared responsibility and accountability of precision focused and collaborative political, community, and police leadership.
I am confident that working together you can successfully resolve this crisis.
William J Bratton CBE was New York City Police Commissioner from 1994 to 1996 and from 2014 to 2016.
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Former New York police commissioner BILL BRATTON on how to solve Britain’s knife crime epidemic
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