United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Alan Malka, saved the life of an infant girl on Sunday morning when he pulled her from a locked hot car on Aharonovitz Street in Petach Tikvah.
“I was working at my job in the Municipality when I received an emergency alert from United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Comand Center regarding a young child locked in a hot car on Ahronovitz Street right nearby. I drove down Sokolov Street on my ambucycle and was at the scene in less than a minute.
When I arrived the father of the young girl was very agitated and told me that his daughter got locked in the car after he accidentally left the keys inside. I pulled out the special equipment that I have that allows me to open locked cars and within 15 seconds I had the door of the car open and picked up the infant girl. I gave her to her father who embraced her warmly and performed a quick medical check. Thankfully all of the girl’s vital signs checked out. She was in good condition.
The father couldn’t thank me enough. And I smiled as I told him that I was happy to help and that it was all part fo the job.
This is one of the many emergency calls that I have gone to that make all of the training and volunteering worthwhile.
I’ve been volunteering with United Hatzalah for the past 11 years, and this isn’t the first child that I have rescued from a hot car. One month over the summer I had three instances like this. Each one is special and each is incredibly important as being locked in a hot car can be fatal to a child in a matter of minutes.
I myself am a family man. I have been married for more than 20 years and have a bunch of teenagers at home. While I’ve already passed the time where I myself have small children, I know what it means to be a parent having an emergency. Throughout the years, we’ve had many of our own. Thankful, my wife has always supported me the entire way as a volunteer as have my children. Volunteering as an EMT is one of the joys of my life. Situations like these, where I can save a young child from irreparable damage or even death, make it so.”
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