David in his vest

On Monday morning just after 10:00 a.m., a 75-year-old man who suffers from a disability fell from his wheelchair and sustained a serious head injury on Sderot Yerushalayim Street. The man was semi-conscious and confused when his wife called United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command Center, but he quickly deteriorated and lost consciousness completely.

David Yashr is a United Hatzalah volunteer EMT hailing from the city of Holon. David joined United Hatzalah when it was founded in 2006, and has been saving lives ever since. Together with being one of the first EMTs to join the Holon chapter, David is also…

Following an intense allergic reaction, EMT saves the life of a child on his mother’s birthday

Gal during a UH exercise

Gal is a United Hatzalah volunteer from Or HaGanuz, a town in northern Israel. On Thursday afternoon, Gal and his 15-year-old son went out for sushi in a Netanya mall. From across the restaurant, Gal noticed a few kids running around when one of them suddenly stopped and seemed still. Gal quickly walked over and found the child barely breathing. The 5-year-old’s mother explained to Gal that the child has a history of asthma and that this was not his first attack. …

After a devastating terror attack almost left her dead six years ago, a young bride reunites with the EMT who saved her life by inviting him to her wedding

Michael with the bride and groom on Tuesday night

On a Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Michael Cohen was on his way home to the town of Adam from Jerusalem, on his ambucycle, when his communications device alerted him to a medical emergency that occurred just outside the town. A terrorist had stabbed a soldier and the bleeding was extremely severe, posing an immediate threat to her life. …

Pniel next to his vehicle and medical bag

On Tuesday afternoon, just after 3 p.m., United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Pniel Busqila was running a few errands in a mall in Beer Sheva. As he prepared to head back home to the southern town of Netivot, Pniel’s emergency communications device began to sound, alerting him to a medical emergency nearby. Pniel quickly ran to his car and notified dispatch that he was on his way.

An 80-year-old woman had collapsed in her home two minutes away from Pniel’s location and an ambulance that happened to be right nearby arrived at the scene just before Pniel did. …

Volunteer riding an Ambucycle- Illustration (photo credit: Shira Hershkop)

Just after 12:00 p.m., United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Gilad Sharaby was in his home in Petah Tikva when he was suddenly alerted to a nearby medical emergency. A few blocks away, a young man had collapsed in his apartment, and United Hatzalah Dispatch and Command Center located Gilad as one of the nearest volunteers to the location. Gilad quickly rushed to his ambucycle and headed to the given address.

Arriving in under a minute, Gilad had trouble entering the building and was delayed for a few more seconds. After successfully locating the apartment, Gilad found a young woman attempting compressions…

Daniel receiving his medical bag

On Monday night, at 8:15 p.m., United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Daniel Ashosh was managing his store in Alta shopping center in Ashdod when he suddenly heard shouting coming from outside. As the Alta shopping center is a busy and bustling area, Daniel continued working thinking that the noise was part of the regular humdrum. Then, all of a sudden, a worker of his came rushing through the door. The employee, aware that Daniel is a United Hatzalah EMT, alerted him of a child right outside the store who was choking. …

Postman EMT Often Changes Hats Between Delivering Packages and Saving Lives

Gili Gahuzi with his delivery motorcycle and United Hatzalah ambucycle

46-year-old Gili Gahuzi is a married man and father of three who has been working as a delivery man for 20 years now. On a regular workday, Gili covers approximately 16 kilometers of ground, drinks a few liters of water, then delivers packages across 35 square blocks, mostly in Zichron Yaakov but also in Binyamina. According to Gili, the packages grow heavier every year. …

United Hatzalah ambulance in Bnei Brak (Illustration)

On Monday night, at 11:40 p.m., United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Menachem Slovatizky was at the gas station outside Bnei Brak, filling his ambulance with gas. Menachem had dropped off his fellow EMTs at their homes after a long shift in the Bnei Brak area. Just as he returned the gas pump to the machine, the ambulance’s communications device began to ring, alerting Menachem to a nearby emergency. Menachem quickly jumped back into the ambulance and notified dispatch that he was on his way.

Menachem arrived together with volunteer Netanel Shoshan, and the two rushed into the apartment. Upon arrival, Menachem…

A UH volunteer on an ambucycle responding to an emergency at night (Iluustration)

On Wednesday night, at 9:45 p.m., United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Eric Barel was in his home in Carmiel when he was alerted to a nearby emergency. A few houses down from Eric’s house, a 60-year-old man lost consciousness in his home. Eric immediately jumped on his ambucycle and rushed over to his neighbor’s house.

As he swerved through the street aboard his ambucycle, Eric could not locate the address from the main road. As he turned into an alleyway, Eric noticed a small entrance to a building and informed United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command Center that he had arrived.


Meir, together with the boy he saved at the community fair

On Sunday afternoon, the town Adam, otherwise known as Geva Binyamin, held a community day for all residents in the town and surrounding area. United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Meir Mescriz arrived at the community fair in an ambulance with his United Hatzalah vest to help raise awareness of the emergency organization’s activities in the region. That afternoon, Meir got a chance to reunite with a young boy whose life he saved two years ago.

In 2019, Meir was in a local shop when his communications device alerted him to a child who had sustained severe third-degree burns on his face…

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