Miami First Responder Finds Something Heartbreaking In The Rubble

The tragic collapse of a condo building in Miami shocked us all. For some, it brought back memories of 9/11. At least 22 people have been found dead and over 120 people are still missing in the rubble.

Rescue workers have been working day and night to try to find survivors or to recover remains. A heartbreaking scene occurred when one of the first responders found his own daughter.

The first responder, who was not identified by authorities, draped his jacket over the child and placed a small United States flag over her body as she was carried down the pile in a gurney, he said. The firefighter, his brother, and other authorities escorted her through a line of law enforcement and emergency personnel.

Miami Fire Rescue Chief Joseph Zahralban confirmed the development in a press conference.

“Our hearts and prayers are with the families affected by this horrific tragedy,” he said. “We can confirm that a member of our City of Miami Fire Department family has lost his 7-year-old daughter in the collapse. She was recovered last night by members of our Urban Search and Rescue Team, Florida Task Force 2.”


This is such a tragic loss of life. This man’s family needs our thoughts and prayers to help get them through this horrible event.

Miami Fire Rescue Chief, Joseph Zahralban, has not identified the man or his daughter. He asks that we give the family privacy to grieve this awful loss.

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