Aviad lives in Elkana, Western Shomron, with his wife and child, is a career officer in the IDF and has been volunteer EMT with United Hatzalah since 2016, married with one child. From his combat experience, Aviad knows that the most important factor in saving a life is the critical first intervention within minutes of a trauma. Practically, this is why he volunteered to join United Hatzalah’s EMT course, but Aviad says that the reason he keeps volunteering is the reward he feels each time he sees the light in the face of someone he rescues.
Aviad considers the families who support United Hatzalah volunteers as the true volunteers. They are the ones who wait at home and give up family meals together, sometimes even waiting in the car during a family outing while the medic responds to a call to help save a life. “It’s a great honor to be a partner in life saving,” says Aviad, “but without my family’s terrific support it would be impossible for me to volunteer.”