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Israeli EMT Saves Lives Despite Disability

In the past, we have brought you stories about Israelis who have persevered through injuries or infirmities that might have stopped lesser people, allowing nothing to stop them from serving their nation. Be it IDF soldiers with autism to a recent blind recruit, their stories inspire us. The story of Danny Shmuel, brought to us by Arutz Sheva, is no different. Disabled from a motorcycle accident, Shmuel doesn't let that keep him from saving lives of his fellow Israelis as a volunteer EMT:

Danny Shmuel was injured in a serious motorcycle accident in 2000. After a long period of rehabilitation, Shmuel was able to walk again with the help of crutches. Yet his handicap does not prevent him from volunteering as an EMT with United Hatzalah and saving lives.

Shmuel serves as the chapter head of United Hatzalah for Tel Aviv a city that has seen a groundswell of new volunteers in the past year. In spite of his handicap, Shmuel rushes to every emergency that takes place in his vicinity in order to provide medical assistance for others in their moments of need. However, he has had to struggle with his crutches and it does slow him down occasionally.

On Monday night, during United Hatzalah’s annual Sukkot concert in Jerusalem, the organization honored Shmuel’s dedication to saving others by presenting him with a new vehicle aimed at helping him arrive at the scene of emergencies faster, the “Mini-lance”. This small mini-ambulance runs on electricity and can reach speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour and due to its small size, it will be far easier to navigate traffic, park on the crowded streets of Tel Aviv and help Shmuel arrive faster.

President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer said: “We are continually astonished by the dedication and selfless devotion that Danny shows in his effort to save lives..."

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