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Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett, Flight 93 hero Tom Burnett brings it home to me

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Soon after the Surfside Collapse took place, the following story was one of those that stood out for me:


Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said he came across the girl, who appeared to be about 11 or 12, sitting near the site where the Champlain Towers South collapsed early Thursday.

He had seen her earlier, with one of her parents, and talked to them. The other parent was in the building when it collapsed and was among the more than 150 people still missing, Burkett said.

The mayor said he knelt down beside the girl Sunday night and asked if she was OK. “She said, ‘Yes,'” he said. He said she was looking at her phone, reading a Jewish prayer to herself.

“And that really brought it home to me,” Burkett said. “She wasn’t crying, she was just lost. She didn’t know what to do, what to say, who to talk to.”

“It’s horrific,” he said. “This is disturbing, but that is just a tiny, tiny example of the impact that this collapse has had on our community.”

Of course, we now know that little girl’s name is Elisheva Cohen, who lost her father Dr. Brad........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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