Dan lives with his wife and four children in Givat Shmuel and manages an insurance agency. His main office is in Tel Aviv, and his frequent meetings with clients offers him the opportunity to respond to medical emergencies all over the bustling metropolis. In the three years that Dan has been volunteering for United Hatzalah, he has become one of our most active medics. It is a rare day that goes by without Dan racing to at least three medical emergencies. His family is incredibly supportive and his children consider it a badge of honor that their father is a United Hatzalah volunteer.
The following story is but one small example of Dan’s dedication and commitment to lifesaving:
It was 1:30 AM and Dan was sound asleep when the crackle of his walkie-talkie jarred him awake: “Woman at home-emergency childbirth.” He literally jumped out of bed and raced to the address, arriving in less than 3 minutes! Together with another United Hatzalah volunteer, they entered the home together and found a panicked and frightened couple. The woman was on her bed calling out “The baby’s coming!” Indeed, the top of the head had already appeared and the experienced medics whipped on their sterile gloves and proceeded to assist the woman in delivering her baby. Three minutes later, Dan was wishing the couple a hearty Mazel Tov on the birth of their healthy daughter. Dan cut the umbilical cord, cleaned the baby and presented the newborn to the mother. The couple was overcome with emotion as tears of joy streamed down their cheeks. They thanked Dan and his colleague profusely for their speedy arrival and professional care. By the time the ambulance arrived, the mother and baby were all ready to be transported to the hospital.
Dan happens to attend the same synagogue as the father and three days later on Shabbat, Dan was present at the naming of the baby. They called her Hodaya, which means thanksgiving. Dan wished the father a Mazel Tov and the family emotionally thanked Dan once again for arriving just in the nick of time.