Florida firefighters honor missing kids from fallen condo

Tearful Florida firefighters are collecting kiddie toys they find in the rubble of last week’s building collapse and adding them to a makeshift memorial — in hopes the little owners will eventually collect them. One of the heartbreaking items placed at the foot of a fence lined with “Missing” posters […]

Tearful Florida firefighters are collecting kiddie toys they find in the rubble of last week’s building collapse and adding them to a makeshift memorial — in hopes the little owners will eventually collect them.

One of the heartbreaking items placed at the foot of a fence lined with “Missing” posters of loved ones is a Winnie the Pooh bear whose red shirt reads “Baby’s 1st Pooh Bear.”

The stuffed bear is covered in pulverized dust.

“Yesterday, I saw a group of five firefighters. They walked toward the memorial, and they were holding toys,’’ a man told a local CBS-TV affiliate at the touching scene in Surfside near Miami Beach on Monday.

“And they placed the toys, and they had tears in their eyes,’’ the witness said.

“It’s incredible, it’s just so powerful to think that maybe one of those toys belonged to a child who is unfortunately no longer with us,’’ he added.

A Pooh Bear found in the rubble, is left at a memorial honoring those lost in the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South building on June 28, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. - Questions mounted Monday about how a residential building in the Miami area could have collapsed so quickly and violently last week, as the death toll rose to 11 with 150 still unaccounted for, and desperate families feared the worst.
One of the heartbreaking items placed at the foot of a fence lined with “Missing” posters of loved ones is a Winnie the Pooh bear.Giorgio Viera/AFP/Getty Images

The children’s items also included a small fire truck and a blow-up baby doll.

“It’s a real place of comfort,’’ the man said of the site, which included cards and flowers among other personal mementos.

A makeshift memorial is set up near the site of the collapsed condominium in Surfside, Fla., Monday, June 28, 2021.
The children’s items also included a small fire truck and a blow-up baby doll.
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Fire rescue praying at the make-shift memorial at Miami Building Collapse where 99 people are not accounted for and four dead Champlain Towers in Surfside, Florida USA 6, June 2021
Multi-story building partially collapses near Miami.
Fire and rescue personnel praying at the makeshift memorial at the Miami building collapse where dozens are people are missing and at least 11 are dead.
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A general view of the make shift memorial, after the Champlain Towers south 8855 Collins Avenue which had collapsed, as family members remain missing after the collapsed condo building in Surfside.
“It’s a real place of comfort,” the man said of the site, which included cards and flowers among other personal mementos.
Larry Marano for NY Post

Eleven people have been confirmed dead — with another 150 still missing. It’s not clear how many children are still unaccounted for, but the list includes two little girls, ages 6 and 7, who are missing along with their families.

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