Dudi works as a vineyard manager and lives with his wife and two children in Kiryat Shmona. In this northern town near the Lebanese border, Dudi’s medical skills are a vital asset to this security-incident prone region. For many years, Dudi had dreamed of becoming a lifesaver until he finally had the opportunity to actualize his aspiration. Despite the challenge of being a medical emergency responder and the father of two young children, with his wife’s steadfast support Dudi responds for medical emergencies at all hours of the day or night.
The following story is but one example of Dudi’s devotion to lifesaving. It was late at night and he was fast asleep when the crackle of his walkie-talkie jolted him awake, <Unconscious man at wedding hall>>. Dudi jumped out of bed, raced to the address and ran into the hall, immediately beginning CPR on the pulseless man. The festivities had been put on hold as Dudi fought feverishly to save the elderly man’s life. Other medics arrived and joined the effort, but unfortunately the resuscitation effort was not successful. As Dudi sadly left the hall, a woman called out to him. He recognized her as his daughter’s nursery school teacher. She explained that this was her daughter’s wedding and she profusely thanked him for trying to save the life of her relative. An effort was made to continue the wedding festivities, albeit in a more subdued fashion.
This was not the outcome Dudi had hoped for. However, the family was comforted knowing that this devoted United Hatzalah volunteer had given his all, arrived in record time and done everything possible to save the man.