Raz is the CEO of a company which manages a network of community centers throughout Israel. He lives with his wife and two children in Kochav Yair and has been volunteering with United Hatzalah for the past two years. Raz had been a longtime volunteer for the local ambulance crew and although a very meaningful endeavor, he eventually felt he wanted to do more than just sit around waiting for an incident. Raz found the solution by joining United Hatzalah, which affords him the opportunity to respond to medical emergencies in his neighborhood, at his workplace, or wherever he may be at any time of the day or night.
One example of Raz’s constant readiness to save lives was when he was with his wife in a restaurant and suddenly heard a loud crash. Knowing that “where there is noise, there is damage (and often injuries)” the dedicated volunteer jumped up from his seat, raced outside, grabbed his gear from the car and ran to the intersection. Two cars had collided and a semi-conscious woman lay slumped in her car, bleeding profusely from the head. Raz was obviously the first medical responder on scene and he quickly and proficiently bandaged the serious head wound, administered high-flow oxygen and took vital signs. He carefully monitored the woman’s condition until the ambulance arrived and evacuated her to the nearest trauma center. Raz returned to his now cold meal, albeit in a very different state of mind. He had just saved someone’s life. A feeling that makes all the inconveniences and hardships of being a volunteer medic evaporate into thin air.