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Rescuers in the collapsed state of Florida said they could go home, but they refused

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Miami-Dade Mayor Levin Cava told reporters Wednesday that he refused to leave the site despite being told he could go to emergency crews working around the clock to find survivors of the Surfside building collapse.

“Our Miami-Dade County Group 1 members have been here since the beginning … they could have gone home, but they’re still here,” he said. According to WSVN.

State officials had previously said they did not expect to find survivors and that rescue efforts were now focused on recovery. The decision to end the rescue operation was made after the crews completed a search of the last area where they expected to find “gaps” or debris large enough to save survivors.

“Our hearts were hoping to find survivors, but our experience and expertise has shown that it is no longer possible,” said Alan Kominsky, a firefighter.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue posted a video on Twitter on Wednesday depicting a moment of “silence and prayer” near the crash site.

“With a heavy heart, we will begin the search and restoration work and continue to do our best as our commitment to reunite our families with their loved ones remains,” the statement said.

The bodies of eight more people were found on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 54, the mayor said. Thirty-three of those killed have been identified, while 86 have no trace yet.

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