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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Presented Surfside Challenge Coins to Israeli Consulate

3/2/2022

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy presented Israeli Consul General Maor Elbaz-Starinsky with 20 challenge coins to honor the Israel Defense Force members who responded to the Surfside building collapse last summer. For the past month, CFO Patronis has distributed nearly 360 challenge coins to all of Florida’s task force heroes as a part of his “Year of the US&R” statewide tour. Additionally, the Consul General presented CFO Patronis a Hamsa, a wish for good luck and success. 

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said, “It was an honor to meet with Israeli Consul General Maor Elbaz-Starinsky today to recognize the brave members of the Israel Defense Force who responded to the condo collapse in Surfside. Surfside was a tragedy on a mass scale, and the members of the Israeli Defense Force fought, and kept fighting, for any hopes of life. These heroes brought a tremendous amount of expertise and they served as an incredible compliment to the mission. The bonds between Israel and Florida run deep and we’ll never forget the support they brought to South Florida. The men and women of Israel offered their full support when we needed them most, and I am incredibly thankful for them and their service.”