Surfside search and rescue teams honored – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

SURFSIDE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews who worked tirelessly to search the rubble after the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo in Surfside have been honored on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy.

Israeli search and rescue teams who played a central role in closing the families of the 98 souls who lost their lives last June received a standing ovation at a ceremony held on Friday.

“I know there is no remedy for your pain, and words could not ease or comfort your loss, but on behalf of the State of Israel, on behalf of the Israel Defense Forces and on behalf from the Home Front Command, I want to offer our deep and heartfelt condolences,” said Home Front Command and Israel Defense Forces Maj. Gen. Ori Gordin.

The expert team arrived three days after the collapse.

“We were able to help get our best rescuers and searchers to the site,” Gordin said. “Being our expertise, unfortunately, we have experience with that.”

A call was answered by the best of the best in the country and around the world, but their rescue efforts failed.

“We share your grief and pain,” Gordin said. “We are here bowing our heads in memory of your loved ones. Thank you for opening your hearts and letting us in. May you never experience such grief again.

In the midst of this grief, a bond of humanity and compassion was formed that will last forever.

“If you weren’t alone then, and you’re not alone today,” said a man from the rescue team.

The members of this Israeli search team are made honorary members of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, a bond that will last a lifetime.

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