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Published on: March 1, 2012 02:18 PM
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Founder of United Hatzalh Eli Beer taken away by Volunteers. Beer was injured while responding to an emergency call.Founder of United Hatzalh Eli Beer taken away by Volunteers. Beer was injured while responding to an emergency call.

Jerusalem - The chief coordinator and founder of Jerusalem’s United Hatzalah rushed to the scene of a medical emergency this morning, despite suffering a broken leg while answering the call.

Eli Beer was racing down the steps of his own building after receiving a frantic Hatzalah call at 10:13 this morning about an unconscious toddler when he slipped on the rain slicked stairs and fell down eight stairs. 

Despite his own agonizing pain, Beer managed to get to his car and drove to the location of the emergency where he assisted three other volunteers who were already on scene.
In an interview that aired  on Israeli TV Ch. 2, Beer admitted that driving was difficult but “like a good soldier, he put his injuries aside and went on with his mission.”

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Only after the patient had been transported to the hospital did Beer ask one of his fellow EMTs to take a look at his ankle which was extremely swollen and discolored. Beer had ruptured and Torn ankle ligaments.

A second ambulance was called to the scene to take Beer to the hospital when yet another United Hatzalah call came in, informing the volunteers of a nearby multi-vehicle accident.  Despite the objections of the ambulance crew chief, Beer insisted that the ambulance that was sent to transport him be sent to the scene of the accident.  The ambulance returned for Beer after treating the car crash victims, none of whom were injured seriously and Beer was taken to the hospital where he was treated by orthopedic specialist, Dr. Michael Herman, another United Hatzalah volunteer. 

Once his leg had been casted, Beer wheeled himself to the pediatric emergency room in order to check on the toddler he had treated earlier in the day, who was fully awake and alert.

“When I see the child and he is doing well, I completely forget about my leg,” said Beer.

Beer wheeled himself to the pediatric emergency room in order to check on the toddler he had treated earlier in the day. Beer wheeled himself to the pediatric emergency room in order to check on the toddler he had treated earlier in the day.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 02:36 PM MosheM Says:

Kol HaKavod. Mi Ke'Amcha Yisrael.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 03:28 PM heshyl Says:

Bravo Eli, you are the best

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 03:53 PM danny Says:

truly special!

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 04:11 PM Michoel Says:

Reply to #1  
MosheM Says:

Kol HaKavod. Mi Ke'Amcha Yisrael.

Yes, it's a very nice thing, but with your "Mi Ke'Amcha Yisrael" statement you make it seem like this sort of thing is only found among Yidden. Virtually every community in just about every civilized country has communal ambulance and emergency services. Don't make it somehow an exclusively Jewish trait to want to help others.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 04:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Amazing! Kol Hakovod and Refuah Sheaimah! I wish things like this would make world news!

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 05:33 PM ProminantLawyer Says:

Amazing, he should get a medal. What if he was in the middle of helping and his disability put him and his patient at risk???

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 05:44 PM shredready Says:

great story and of course a very special person

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 05:46 PM shredready Says:

Reply to #4  
Michoel Says:

Yes, it's a very nice thing, but with your "Mi Ke'Amcha Yisrael" statement you make it seem like this sort of thing is only found among Yidden. Virtually every community in just about every civilized country has communal ambulance and emergency services. Don't make it somehow an exclusively Jewish trait to want to help others.

sadly there people out there who really believe that only yiddin do this.

most happy know that is not true

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 06:24 PM Anonymous Says:

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shredready Says:

sadly there people out there who really believe that only yiddin do this.

most happy know that is not true

Makes no difference if others would do such an a wonderful act, this is a frum jew, a chareidi. And you would not give credit for that, while at the same time when one individual does something wrong, you are very quick to use a broad paint brush.

What everyone here also knows is that YOU would never do such a thing. YOU would never even have exerted yourself to the least bit to help anyone other than your own pitiful self.

You meaningless little piece of nothing.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 07:18 PM reply to #4 & #8 Says:

Local city officials and federal officials dream of having local ambulance volunteers like hatzolah in other ethnic minority communities. They even offer funding for it because it cost them way less than having to pay official workers. To their dissatisfaction, only in the Jewish communities are there so many willing and highly motivated volunteers. They wish other communities emulated the Jewish ones in this regard. So yes, "mi keamcha yisroel".

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 08:08 PM chaim Says:

Reply to #4  
Michoel Says:

Yes, it's a very nice thing, but with your "Mi Ke'Amcha Yisrael" statement you make it seem like this sort of thing is only found among Yidden. Virtually every community in just about every civilized country has communal ambulance and emergency services. Don't make it somehow an exclusively Jewish trait to want to help others.

reply to #4 &8
This article is not how wonderful hatzoloh is (which they are:)but how a H- member was hurt and still responded. I don't beleive every community would do this.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 08:17 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #4  
Michoel Says:

Yes, it's a very nice thing, but with your "Mi Ke'Amcha Yisrael" statement you make it seem like this sort of thing is only found among Yidden. Virtually every community in just about every civilized country has communal ambulance and emergency services. Don't make it somehow an exclusively Jewish trait to want to help others.

Nothing wrong with seeing his actions as reflecting well on all of klal yisroel. I only hope we are worthy of the RBS"O seeing it that way too!

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 11:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
chaim Says:

reply to #4 &8
This article is not how wonderful hatzoloh is (which they are:)but how a H- member was hurt and still responded. I don't beleive every community would do this.

Yes, they would.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 12:22 AM chaim Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Yes, they would.

Okay, you say they would and I say I don't believe they would, that's my opinion.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 01:23 AM Track5 Says:

Yes other community would do the same thing like the 2 fdny paid permedics that left a pregnant women die in a resturant ( it's was all over the news, I think even vin news wrote about it)

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 05:07 AM formercrownheightser Says:

what bothers me is the distance between the bars in the crib-enough for a child to fall or climb out.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 09:23 AM aypeebee Says:

The uniqueness of Hazalah is the speed with which they respond to a call which can and does make the difference between life and death. It is fair to say of course that members of Hatzalah are not neing paid as are members of most emergency services and often can actually lose income by responding.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 10:09 AM BrainsoverBrawn Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

Makes no difference if others would do such an a wonderful act, this is a frum jew, a chareidi. And you would not give credit for that, while at the same time when one individual does something wrong, you are very quick to use a broad paint brush.

What everyone here also knows is that YOU would never do such a thing. YOU would never even have exerted yourself to the least bit to help anyone other than your own pitiful self.

You meaningless little piece of nothing.

Why such rude comments? Number 9 clearly violates the rules for posting...
How do you know number 8 does not do that? There are many people who help out their community- there are as many ways to help as there are needs! Some provide meals, some Hatzala, some visiting the ill or Chai Lifeline-type activities. Amongst goyim they do the same- soup kitchens, food drives, hospital volunteers or big brother/big sister.
All number 8 was saying was that goyim does wonderful acts, despite what others on this forum may think. Why such hatred???

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 04:38 PM chaim Says:

Reply to #18  
BrainsoverBrawn Says:

Why such rude comments? Number 9 clearly violates the rules for posting...
How do you know number 8 does not do that? There are many people who help out their community- there are as many ways to help as there are needs! Some provide meals, some Hatzala, some visiting the ill or Chai Lifeline-type activities. Amongst goyim they do the same- soup kitchens, food drives, hospital volunteers or big brother/big sister.
All number 8 was saying was that goyim does wonderful acts, despite what others on this forum may think. Why such hatred???

I am not # 9 but I will say what I said in post #11. this is not about org., this is about how he responded even though he was hurt.

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