Press Release: Two police officers who recovered from their severe injuries met the paramedics who saved their lives

Press Release: Two police officers who recovered from their severe injuries met the paramedics who saved their lives

Press Release

Two police officers who recovered from their severe injuries visited the MDA helipad and met the paramedics who saved their lives on the Black Saturday: “This is very emotional; I never stopped thinking about you”

During the battles that occurred on the Black Saturday, two officers from the Segev Shalom police station were seriously injured, Operations Officer Or Yosef and Intelligence Officer Yoni Daskalo. This week, Chief Inspectors Or Yosef and Yoni Daskalo visited MDA’s helipad in the South, where they met, for the first time since the event, the paramedics who saved their lives.

“The first siren began as I was finishing a night shift. Because of the irregular number of sirens I understood the whole event was irregular,” Chief Officer Yoni Daskalo recalls. “Reports started to arrive on what was occurring over in Sderot and Ofakim so I began to head in that direction. Minutes later I met Or, and we had our first encounter with terrorists – a gunfight. On route to Ofakim, we had another. After the gunfire stopped, we evacuated more and more casualties from that area, but when we entered Re’im to proceed with the evacuation, we heard a violent explosion we recognized as an RPG. We knew that if we will stay in the vehicle we would die so we decided to get out, take cover and fight the terrorists from there. During the battle we were hurt by gunfire and shrapnel, I received a bullet to the stomach and Or suffered injuries to his limbs.

Chief Inspector Yosef Or: “We evacuated ourselves towards Ofakim, where we stopped and waved our hands at an MDA MICU which passed by us and stopped near us, Nisim the paramedic ran out towards us, immediately providing us with treatment and placing us in the MICU.”

MDA Paramedic Nisim Sasi spoke about the moment in which he met Or and Yoni: “As we began treating you, we put you in the MICU and at the same time reported your condition to MDA’s Dispatch Center. I knew your condition did not allow us to evacuate you in an ambulance to Soroka Hospital so I requested a helicopter to meet us at Beit Kama Junction. Those were some dramatic moments; we fought for your lives through the whole journey. During the evacuation Yoni said to me that he is going to die, I held his hand and answered him ‘you’re not going to die here, not on my shift.’ Seeing you here today, back on your feet, illustrates how important our fight for your lives was on the MICU. I was worried about you and I am excited to see you again.”

“We landed with the helicopter around Beit Kama and right after we joined the MICU. We rapidly put you in since we realized every second mattered and we needed to fly you to the hospital as fast as possible,” said MDA flight paramedic and head of the paramedic school, Dr. Shafir Botner, “Those were critical moments in the battle for your lives.”

MDA flight paramedic and medical division director, Rami Miller concluded: “We fight a battle for each patient. Every thought on who will survive and who will not – we leave out of our considerations. This is a real battle for the life of every patient, and today, two and a half months after the black Saturday, in which we battled for Yoni and Or’s lives, this is very exciting being with them here, brave police officers, who were badly wounded, standing here smiling. This is very emotional; I never stopped thinking about you.”

Legendary boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. received the Champion of Israel award

Legendary boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. received the Champion of Israel award at the American Friends of Magen David Adom Gala in Miami this week.

A 15-time world champion and boxing promoter, Mayweather generously supported Magen David Adom, Israel’s emergency medical service, following the October 7 Hamas attacks, including sending his personal airplane to Israel with supplies for those wounded and displaced, and emerging as a vocal advocate for the Jewish people during the recent rise in worldwide antisemitic incidents. 

Failed rocket launch by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization hits the hospital in Gaza City

IDF: Following the briefing by the IDF Spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari on the failed rocket launch by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization that hit the hospital in Gaza City:

Attached is the briefing: https://IDFANC.activetrail.biz/ANC1810202362

Attached is a recording of a conversation between Hamas operatives regarding the Islamic Jihad failed rocket launch on the hospital on October 17, 2023: https://bit.ly/3S4xqiG

Attached is a visual analysis following the IAF’s examination on the subject: https://IDFANC.activetrail.biz/ANC1810156854

Attached is an infographic of all the failed rocket launches in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the war: https://IDFANC.activetrail.biz/1810202309876543672

Attached is a photograph from the IDF launch identification system on the subject:
https://IDFANC.activetrail.biz/ANC18102023984

Day 9 of the Iron Swords War: Summary of MDA activity in the last day

Day 9 of the Iron Swords War: Summary of MDA activity in the last day

From last night until 18:30 Magen David Adom teams provided medical treatment to 4 victims as a result of shrapnel, including: a man about 40 years old was killed, 2 men about 70 and 39 years old in moderate condition, and 1 in a light condition, all of them in the Western Galilee.

Since the beginning of the war, MDA forces have treated thousands of casualties, dead, seriously, moderately and lightly injured, including MDA personnel who were involved in saving lives. Even today (Sunday), MDA forces are on high alert throughout the country. About 1,400 MDA ambulances, including bulletproof ambulances, are manned by MDA volunteers and employees who save lives sometimes under fire.

The MDA blood services held special blood drives in Beit Shean, Yavneh, Yehud Monoson, Jerusalem, Kfar Saba, Karmiel, Merav Center, Shoham, Tel Aviv and Tel Mond.. Since the beginning of the war (7.10). The MDA blood services have donated more than 25,000 units of blood from citizens who volunteered. The rations and blood components were supplied to all the hospitals in Israel to treat the wounded.

Since the beginning of the war, MDA helicopters have carried out dozens of medevac missions and evacuated dozens of wounded civilians and soldiers from the area and the hospitals in the south to the Sheba hospitals in Tel Hashomer, Beilinson, Ichilov, Shamir-Assaf Harofeh, Shaare Zedek and Hadassah Ein Kerem. After initial treatment in the Barzilai and Soroka hospitals in the south, dozens of ambulances, intensive care vehicles and dedicated evacuation vehicles of Magen David Adom, transported injured people of all degrees of injury to hospitals throughout the country.

MDA appeals to the public and reminds them to adhere to the life-saving instructions of the security forces, and for any medical need to dial 101 to the MDA dispatch center.