A firefighter found the body of his own daughter while searching through debris at the site Miami building condo collapse.
The seven-year-old girl was pulled from the rubble after which her father wrapped her body in his jacket and placed her on a stretcher.
The distraught dad, his brother, and other rescuers who helped dig her out then escorted the body through a group of police and firefighters. The victim and her father have not been identified.
“This tragedy has haunted so many of us because so many of us know somebody who was in the building or affected by this tragedy,” City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said on Friday.
“Now, not only do we know someone, but this is someone who is a member of our family, of our fire family.”
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava called the rescue “uniquely difficult” for first responders.
“Please keep all of them in your thoughts and prayers,” she said.
“They truly represent the very best in all of us and we need to be there for them as they’ve been there for us.”
The death toll stands at 20 after two bodies were recovered from the rubble on Thursday night. As many as 128 people are still unaccounted for.
Meanwhile, rescue and recovery teams are closely monitoring Hurricane Elsa as officials warn the area may see tropical storm-force winds as early as midday on Sunday.