Rina and Yacov Kauffman dedicated an ambucycle a number of years ago in honor of Rina’s brother Leon Lebor who was killed in the September 11th attack on the Twin Towers. The couple knew that the donation would go towards saving lives in Israel, but they never imagined that the donation would one day help Yacov’s own father.
During a wedding that took place in Israel on the 23rd of Elul, the Hebrew date of September 11th attack in 2001, and consequently the Yartzheit of Leon, President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer was approached by Rina and Yacov’s son Yair Kauffman who wished to relay a special story.
Yair told Eli that his grandfather, Yacov’s father, had suffered a heart attack earlier in the day. Concerned family members called emergency services for help and the first person to arrive was United Hatzalah volunteer EMT and ambucycle rider Dov Bash who rides the very ambucycle that Rina and Yacov had donated. Dov happened to be riding his ambucycle nearby when the call went out and he arrived at the address within 20 seconds of receiving the alert.
Bash initiated CPR and attached a defibrillator which provided a shock to Rina’s Father-in-law and then Bash was joined by other first responders and the team carried on CPR for close to an hour and finally managed to bring the man’s pulse back. He was taken to the hospital where he stayed alive for another two hours, long enough for his family to gather by his side and say goodbye.
“The good deeds we do come back and repay us in kind,” said Eli Beer once he heard the story. “I am so happy that the ambucycle that was donated by the Kauffman family, which is a truly special family that believes in giving to save others, was able to help someone in this family as well.”