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Restoration workers at a condominium collapse site in Surfside, Florida continue to find and identify the bodies of those who died in the June 24 tragedy.
There is also another purpose for those who sift through the rubble: collecting the property of the victims.
“Baseball, photos, souvenirs, rings, safes, cash and wine bottles haven’t been destroyed,” said Surfside Mayor Charles Barckett about some of the items found in concrete and other piles of debris. It was.
Burkett saw the police activity up close — mostly out of public sight — tasked with managing and cataloging the property of the found inhabitants.
“That’s all you can imagine you’ll find in the building,” Barckett said. “They find it and save it.”
The team is creating inventory
Miami-Dade Police Sergeant Danny Murillo leads a team of about 10 people who mark items based on where they are found at the site of the collapse and store them in several locked shipping containers.
Police also invited local rabbis to the scene to help determine which items were religiously important.
“Some things are badly damaged,” Murillo said. “Some are not scratched.”
Authorities try to identify what certain items are and where they are in the tower, but ask the family to list the property they or their loved ones left in the Champlain Towers South Building. I will.
Finally, when the inventory process is complete, the authorities will return the item to the owner.
“My job is to categorize and find as much property as possible and store it in the best possible way, and I hope that legitimate owners can reunite with their property,” Murillo said. He said.
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“They knew this was his ring.”
Some property found at the site of the collapse is already connected to its owner.
Surfside Mayor Barckett said members of the Israeli Defense Forces who were assisting the restoration work showed a picture of a gold ring found in the rubble.
The ring clearly belongs to Brad Cohen, and one day he saw his daughter Elisheva, Barckett, praying at the scene of the collapse.
“They knew what his troops were, and obviously they knew it was his ring,” Barckett said.
According to Barckett, recovery workers are in regular contact with the victim’s family and will eventually build ties with the victim.
Workers not only want to find the remains to help the family close, but also want to return lost items that have great value to the loved ones of the survivors and the dead.
“It only shows you how serious these rescue teams are in their work. It’s not just about appearing, riding mountains and digging things and people,” Barckett said. “It’s a huge intelligence activity.”
Miami-Dade Police Chief Alfredo Ramirez reiterated his feelings at a recent press conference.
“These artifacts are very important to the family. It may be small to look like a small container to the general public, but it really makes sense. [something to] Generation. “
“Our executives are learning a lot about culture. There is so much dynamic here. There is an element of unity, along with sadness and sadness. We learn about each other.”
Florida Condo Collapse Recovery Crew collects personal items found on the site: NPR
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