Author Archives: Raphael Poch

A Speedy Volunteer Assists in Delivering a Speedy Baby

Last Sunday morning, United Hatzalah volunteer Koby Absturdy helped a woman give birth to her sixth child in the family’s bathtub. “The entire thing happened so fast that just a few minutes after I arrived the baby had been born,” … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Lived and Those Who Saved Him

Last Wednesday night in the pre-dawn hours at approximately 4:30 a.m. an emergency call was received by United Hatzalah’s national dispatch and command center hotline at 1221. The call came in alerting the dispatch that a 15-year-old boy had lost … Continue reading

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Israelis To Benefit From New “Doubling of Ambulances” Initiative From United Hatzalah and United Ambulance of Israel

United Hatzalah recently announced a plan that will eventually see 600 private ambulances, operated by United Ambulance of Israel, that will now be alerted to those in need by United Hatzalah’s dispatch. This new initiative, referred to as “600+600,” means … Continue reading

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From Relaxation to Life Saving – Rescuing a Choking Victim in 60 Seconds

The following was written by  Yoni Uziyahu – Rehovot, EMT-B, “Yesterday, I was sitting in my garden enjoying the afternoon sun and a snooze, when I suddenly heard the muffled screams of a woman from nearby. It took me a second … Continue reading

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Jerusalem Honors First Responders

 The Jerusalem Municipality honored exemplary first responders on Wednesday at a special ceremony that took place at City Hall. Among the honorees presented with citations from the city for their exemplary service, were select volunteers from the police, fire department, … Continue reading

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As Life Comes and Life Goes We Need to Do Our Best

– By Miriam Ballin, EMT-B, Psychotrauma Director “I’ve just had a mind-blowing 24 hours as a volunteer first responder, it made an incredible impression on me. It was Shavuot night (Feast of Pentecost) and I was preparing to have some … Continue reading

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In The Nick Of Time

This past Friday, an intense collision occurred near Tel Tzion. One of the vehicles involved was a large passenger van for intercity commuters. Both drivers were furious with one another, blaming the other for what had occurred; the men quickly … Continue reading

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Getting There, No Matter What

Itamar Amsalem is one of close to 150 first responders with United Hatzalah in the city of Beit Shemesh. Due to the many treks through forest terrain in the area, United Hatzalah of Beit Shemesh assigned an all-terrain rescue vehicle … Continue reading

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The First Responder Who Was Rescued Returns To Rescuing

A few months ago, United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Raphael Elihav Nachshoni was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Hashomer Street in Bnei Brak while he was on his way to respond to a medical emergency. Elihav was critically injured … Continue reading

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Why Did Alan Dershowitz Decide To Ride an Ambucycle for His 80th Birthday

Alan Dershowitz was in Israel last week to attend the opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem. As part of his trip, he visited the United Hatzalah headquarters in Jerusalem, an organization whose international board he sits on. Dershowitz … Continue reading

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