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Raphael Poch

Raphael Poch is the international media spokesperson for United Hatzalah, Israel’s national volunteer EMS organization.

On Monday night, March 8, at 9:30 p.m., four United Hatzalah volunteers were participating in an advanced EMT training class. Three of them were Jewish men: Alon Goldenberg, Yoni Butbul, and Israel…
One recent Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Menachem Slovatizky was returning in his ambulance from an unsuccessful CPR when he was suddenly alerted to another emergency: In an old…
On a Monday evening in January, a young woman who had recently given birth to her family’s first child collapsed at home in one of the northern neighborhoods of Jerusalem. First responders who…
A medical emergency took a turn for the worse in the Jerusalem suburb of Giv’at Ze’ev on a recent Sunday afternoon when a recent immigrant to Israel suffered cardiac arrest. United Hatzalah…
Just after 9 p.m. on a recent Monday, a man climbed the White Mosque in the Israeli city of Ramla and threatened to commit suicide by jumping off. People on the street called the police as they…
Moshe Raveh was just packing up his equipment. A volunteer EMT for United Hatzalah in the town of Shlomi, he’d attended to a medical emergency on Shabbat afternoon and had just finished treating the…
On a recent Wednesday morning just after 3 a.m., United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Hanoch Re’em, a resident of Jerusalem’s Neve Yaakov neighborhood, had just returned home from a night shift when he…
Yossi Rotenberg works as the deputy director of a branch of a major supermarket chain in the center of the country. One recent Friday he had just left work and was on his way to drop off some…
On a recent Saturday night, United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Avi Bismouth responded to a medical emergency involving a dehydrated person at the address of a man he’d helped once before. Recognizing the…
United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Alan Malka saved the life of an infant girl one recent Sunday morning when he pulled her from a locked hot car in Petach Tikvah.  “I was working at my job in the…
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