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BLACK HAWK COUNTY, Iowa — Democrat Eric Giddens beat out Republican Walt Rogers in the Iowa Senate District 30 special election Tuesday.

According to the Black Hawk County Auditor, unofficial results showed that Giddens received 56.83 percent of the vote. Rogers received 42.05 percent, while Libertarian candidate Fred Perryman had 1.07 percent.

Giddens is a Cedar Falls School Board member and a program manager at the University of Northern Iowa.

When sworn in, Giddens plans to work on expanding access to affordable health care, improving water quality, investing more in K12 public schools, and helping to create jobs in the area he represents.

District 30 includes Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Hudson.

Gov. Kim Reynolds set a special election for District 30, after Democratic State Sen. Jeff Danielson resigned. Danielson, who was also a firefighter, made the surprise announcement in February. He said he is stepping down from the fire department due to safety concerns stemming from a policy to cross-train police officers to also fight fires.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Police officers helped save several children from an apartment fire on Des Moines’ north side, including three who were tossed out of a third story window.

O’Sheana Harrison and her three kids were trapped inside during the fire.

Desperate to save her children’s lives, Harrison made the only choice she could and relied on Des Moines police officers to catch her kids from a third-story window.

“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, Harrison said.

Senior police officers Cole Johnson, Craig Vasquez, Casey Sanders and Tyler Kelley are all being thanked for their efforts.

Harrison says tossing her kids out of the window was the matter of life and death.

Harrison and her neighbors are now displaced. She is working on securing new housing.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Summer Wood Apartments have no comment.