ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — There are 149 people still unaccounted for in Surfside after the partial condo building collapse.
There is some despair and some desperation, but everyone is pulling together.
“We’re doing our best and sifting through the rubble and hoping for finding a miracle,” said Walter Lewis, who serves as a district chief with the Orlando Fire Department.
Lewis and 41 other Central Florida first responders from Florida’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 4 have been in Friday searching for survivors.
“We have not had a successful find of alive victims since we have arrived, not our team,” Lewis said. “So we’re disappointed we’re not able to give a family a happy conclusion to their situation.”
The crews have been relentless in their efforts using all the equipment and technology they have.
They are searching carefully and methodically, and although the local team has not yet found survivors, they have found photos, documents, stuffed animals and other pieces of people’s lives.
“We’re collecting those items, as best as we can, to help provide some sort of memento or memory for other family members should their loved one is demised,” Lewis said.
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