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Florida senators mark third anniversary of Surfside condo collapse

“We pray for those families who were affected by this sudden tragedy,” said Sen. Rick Scott.

A ground view of the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building, where rescuers and a rescue dog work within the rubble area to search for survivors, June 24, 2021. Credit: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department via Wikimedia Commons.
A ground view of the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building, where rescuers and a rescue dog work within the rubble area to search for survivors, June 24, 2021. Credit: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department via Wikimedia Commons.

Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio (both R-Fla.) honored the 98 victims of the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse in Surfside, Fla., on June 24, 2021.

A resolution introduced by the two legislators honors and supports survivors—many of them Jewish—and offers “heartfelt condolences” to family and friends of victims. It also “commends the bravery and selfless service demonstrated by the local, state, national and international teams of first responders deployed in the aftermath of the collapse.”

Among those overseas teams that aided in the search and recovery in Southeast Florida were “international rescue crews and emergency support organizations from Israel and Mexico.”

“Immediately, in the face of great danger, our first responders answered the call, and our community and organizations from around the world came together in mourning and to support those affected, especially in our Jewish community—they showed what it meant to be Surfside strong,” Scott stated.

“Today, we pray for those families who were affected by this sudden tragedy, and I am proud to join Senator Rubio to honor the community and the 98 lives lost that solemn day,” he added.

“To the brave first responders who assisted in the recovery operations, our community owes you immense gratitude for your selfless bravery,” Rubio said. “We must continue to honor the memory of the lives lost that day and reaffirm our support for the survivors and loved ones.”

Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Fla.
The collapsed portion of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Fla., June 25, 2021. Source: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department/Twitter.
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