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Lawyer who helped the handpicked Surfside victims to give Uvalde the same abilities

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A Miami Beach police officer who served as an attorney for victims of the 2021 Surfside condo collapse now has a new mission: to help families affected by last month’s collapse school rampage in Texas.

Abigail Yablonsky, 29, a victim specialist and board-certified crisis responder with the Miami Beach Police Department, was one of only five people handpicked from a national pool to go to Uvalde, Texas, to assist with services for victims and their loved ones.

“I end up doing on-site crisis response when someone is still struggling emotionally,” Yablonsky said. “I will be working with family members and community members, basically working with them through the resilience center, liaising with social services, psychological counseling and any other needs they may have during this assessment.”

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Yablonsky described her work as a calling.

“What drives me is seeing a difference that I’m making in someone else’s life,” she said. “These family members, community members, first responders, everyone I come into contact with in a crisis situation, they’ve been through what is probably one of the most traumatic experiences of their lives. . . Being able to take a picture so big that their world just got destroyed and help them find their own sense of strength and resilience to put those pieces back together is exactly why , why I do what I do.”

Yablonsky was chosen for the assignment because of her experience in dealing with severe traumatic incidents. She was one of the first on-site victim advocates for the Surfside condo collapse and spent countless hours helping those affected.

On Friday, the one-year anniversary of the collapse, she will go to Uvalde. She said she is willing to do anything to help those in need.

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“It just goes to show that there’s a higher purpose and calling for me, and if it’s meant for that, that’s what I’m going to do,” Yablonsky said.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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