The Ramot intersection on Golda Meir Boulevard in Jerusalem is known as being a very problematic intersection where many accidents occur. Recently one Wednesday night, a serious 4-way collision was reported at the Ramot Junction in Jerusalem. Aharon Eichler who lives in Givat Zeev and often drives by the intersection on his way too and from work, was nearby when the accident occurred. He received the alert from United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command Center and immediately flipped on the lights and sirens and weaved deftly through the backed-up line of cars to make it to the scene in the fastest time possible.
Bits of metal and broken glass lay littered across the pavement in the aftermath of the crash, and the front of the car was crumpled like an accordion. Both were evidence of the violent force of impact. Aharon quickly got to work, providing initial treatment and triage as additional United Hatzalah EMTs joined him on the scene. Together with the crew of a United Hatzalah Mobile Intensive Care Unit, Aharon helped stabilize and evacuate two of the victims to the trauma unit at Hadassah Ein Kerem medical center for further care.
In another accident on the very same highway just 2 weeks prior, a driver noticed she had a flat tire and pulled over at the side of the road. The woman was scared to open the door due to the speed of traffic and awaited roadside assistance. It turned out she was right to be concerned – when a female police officer arrived to help she was herself struck by an oncoming motorist, who failed to notice the emergency vehicle’s flashing lights. The officer sustained a serious head wound and the car was sent crashing down the roadway, smashing into other vehicles and injuring multiple people. Here too, Aharon arrived in a flash on his ambucycle to provide emergency trauma care for the police officer and other accident victims.
“Aharon is a dedicated volunteer who stops whatever he is doing to rush out and save lives. In one of the most dangerous intersections in the city, Aharon regularly helps those injured in a myriad of accidents that occur there. Whenever he is nearby to an emergency, he will drop everything and rush out to save a life. That is who Aaron is. He is one of the many heroes that I am happy to have volunteering for United Hatzalah,” said President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer.
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