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Although the elite urban search and rescue team is based in Dayton, it is managed by FEMA and is frequently active against disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and the September 11 terrorist attack.
Task Force leader Adam Landis said:
Landis spoke to FOX8 from the road as more than 80 team members were driving home Wednesday night.
They were mobilized about a week after the collapse on June 23. They worked on a 24-hour, 12-hour shift while sifting twisted steel and concrete piles using large machines, high-tech equipment, and K-9 units.
As of Wednesday, more than 97 bodies have been recovered and many more are missing.
“That’s what keeps our hearts going, those individuals. That’s terrible,” Landis said.
When they left Miami-Dade County, the first responders raised a large American flag on the interstate and said thank you.
Landis said he didn’t expect a moving see-off, but thanked him. Best of all, they are just grateful for their service and help.
“We were able to provide closures for many families,” Landis said.
The team will arrive in Dayton around 3 pm Thursday to be greeted by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, his loved ones, and other key figures.
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