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Israelis fight despair while aiding survivors, rescuers in Surfside

 

Batya Jaffe and therapy dog Lucy, along with a member of the IDF Home Front Command, assist family members of missing people in Surfside, Florida, June 2021.

(Israel21C via JNS) - "I saw in the news that you were coming from Israel for us, and I was waiting for you," said a tearful young woman in Surfside, Florida, to members of the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit from United Hatzalah of Israel.

"People kept coming up to us and saying how happy they were that we arrived," said Batya Jaffe, who was on the scene with her therapy dog, Lucy.

They were part of the six-person PCRU team that landed in Miami Sunday morning, along with a search-and-rescue team from the Israel Defense Forces' Home Front Command, following the collapse of the 12-st...



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