Lauren Book courts cards for Surfside emergency crews

Surfside cards
First responders have dealt with stressful conditions as they work 12-hour shifts during search efforts.

Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book is collecting cards thanking crew members for their work on search and rescue efforts after the Surfside condo collapse.

“As our neighbors in the town of Surfside deal with unthinkable tragedy, many of us are looking for ways to help — including children,” Book wrote in an email to constituents, before noting that she and her children had decided to make support cards for the first responders.

“After seeing how much this simple act of kindness meant to the rescue crews, we decided to expand the encouragement card committee … and the notes have poured in! Many thanks to everyone who has sent notes of encouragement for delivery so far. The work our first responders are doing is emotionally and physically taxing, not without risk, and far from over — so let’s keep the love coming.”

Book is asking community members to send cards to her office at 967 Nob Hill Road, Plantation, FL 33324. Those looking to send support can also mail cards to Sen. Jason Pizzo’s office at 5582 NE 4th Court, Suite 7B, Miami, FL 33137. Senate District 38, which Pizzo represents, covers Surfside.

A portion of the Champlain Towers South collapsed on June 24, sending emergency response crews immediately into action to begin searching for survivors. Response teams have worked 12-hour shifts, not just seeking to find people who may be trapped under the rubble, but also contend with fires and other hazards that cropped up after the collapse.

Individuals have already reached out with food and water as those first responders remained on the scene. And organizations have also sought to provide free housing for responders.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has highlighted the “dangerous, stressful conditions” responders have dealt with as they recover bodies and seek to dig through the devastation stemming from the collapse. As of Monday morning, 24 people have been confirmed dead from the collapse, while 121 people are still missing.

Late Sunday, crews demolished a still-standing portion of the complex. Officials say that demolition will assist with search efforts, as emergency workers had been concerned that structure could collapse onto workers as well.

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected]


  • John

    July 5, 2021 at 10:53 am

    Book was elected to the Senate simply because her lobbyist father Ron bought her the job. She has never worked a productive job in her life and now the sheep have elected her the leader of the communist party of Florida. This clueless bottle blonde twist is now a prime player in the Legislature. Book has zero experience with disaster recovery, construction, demolition and the best think she can do is stay away. Book needs to be removed at the next possible point once the fraud in voting has been corrected.

    • Larry Lynch

      July 7, 2021 at 11:51 am

      You don’t like capitalism?

  • Karen Roberts

    July 7, 2021 at 6:02 am

    I thank the Senator for what she is doing not only for the crews on the scene but for involving children. Our children need ways to contribute and deal with this crisis and she has given them that opportunity. Once again her passionate work in the Senate is speaking up for those that can’t.

    Thank you!

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