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Who was Jonah Handler?
A 15-year-old boy who was pulled from the rubble after the partial collapse of a building in Surfside on Thursday morning has been identified as Jonah Handler.
Handler is a baseball player at Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Miami Gardens.
The rescuers pulled him out of the rubble with the help of a Good Samaritan, Nicholas Balboa.
Balboa said he was walking his dog when the building collapsed and he soon heard the teenager yelling for help.
“There was a bed frame and a mattress on top of it, so I could only assume that was his bed, judging by the size of the mattress,” Balboa said. “You know, he was probably just sleeping and then all of a sudden the building gave way.”
Balboa said the teen was pulling his hand out of the rubble so he could see it through the rubble.
Jonah Handler Age
He was 15 year old.
The Good Samaritan talks about finding a teenager trapped in the rubble
“He was saying, ‘Please don’t leave me, don’t leave me, don’t leave me.’ So I said, ‘We are here. We won’t let them. ‘ That’s when I tried to signal the police and fire officials to come closer, ”said Balboa.
Balboa said an officer was able to climb up to Handler. He said he believed the boy told the officer that he was 10 years old, but a family friend later confirmed to Local 10 News that Handler is 15 years old.
Video taken from the scene shows first responders picking up Handler and placing him on a stretcher.
Sources told Local 10 News that he was later taken to a hospital, possibly with broken bones.
“He said her mother was in the apartment with him, so I couldn’t see or hear her, so I have no idea what her condition was, but I pray she’s okay,” Balboa said. “As for him, you know, he’s a guardian angel. This is all I can say. Given what happened, he got out unscathed.”
The family member confirmed to Local 10 News on Friday that the teen’s mother, Stacey Handler, is still missing.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava confirmed Friday that four people have been confirmed dead and 159 are missing following the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South building.
She said that 120 people are counted.