DES MOINES — Four police officers who rushed to the scene of an apartment fire were hailed for catching children dropped by their mother from a third-story window.

The officers arrived at the scene early Tuesday morning before firefighters. Video showed the Des Moines officers calling up to the frantic mother and encouraging her to drop her three children.

One officer yelled over the sound of sirens, ‘‘I got ’em. Yup. Drop ’em!’’ The officers can then be seen catching children in their arms, including a crying baby, as fire erupts from a nearby window.

Police said the officers involved were Cole Johnson, Tyler Kelley, Casey Sanders, and Craig Vasquez.


No one was injured.

Associated press