“Dear Rabbi, Please Excuse My Son for Being Late to School Today, His Father Was Performing CPR on a Stranger.”

United Hatzalah volunteers work across the country and treat close to 900 people per day. Yesterday morning a story occurred that gave us a glimpse into the less talked about side of how their volunteering can affect their lives and the lives of those close to them.

In one situation, one of the many medical emergencies that the volunteers responded to on Wednesday, volunteer EMT Daniel Nahari from Rehovot, responded to an emergency in which a person was unconscious and required emergency CPR and resuscitation. This type of emergency call can be lengthy and require the emergency medical service volunteers to remain at the scene for some time, often more than an hour.

Nahari, who was preparing to take his son to school, responded to the call as he was one of the closest EMS personnel to the location of the incident. It took a few moments to arrive at the scene but he remained there for some time. Needless to say, his child was late for school. Nahari sent a letter to his son’s teacher on a United Hatzalah notepad that read: “Dear Rabbi, please excuse my son for being late to school today, his father was performing CPR on a stranger. May we only hear good tidings. – Daniel Nahari”

Ariel, Daniel’s son, was allowed to enter his class as his teacher accepted the note and appreciated the efforts by Daniel which caused Ariel’s lateness.

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