Many readers are members of volunteer organizations that are simply acts of chessed, some even life-saving at times. Volunteers give of themselves without seeking remuneration, often at the expense of quality family time, Shabbos and Yomim Tovim. Some volunteers always seem to be around at a scene, always responding no matter what the time of day.
In Israel, Yehuda Londner, 58, of Hatzalah is such a man. Yehuda, a father of eight and a grandfather, received recognition as the top responder of 2015, having recorded responding to an impressive 2,370 calls. Volunteers serving in the Bnei Brak, Givat Shmuel and Ramat Gan areas explain Yehuda is almost certainly going to be present at a call simply because he is always responding to the call for assistance.
The average volunteer reportedly will respond to some 300 calls annually, some more, but rarely is a volunteer closing in on Yehuda’s number.
Yehuda is a veteran member of Hatzalah, joining in 5747, as well as one of the first ambucycle units of the organization. Throughout the years he has been working as a Magen David Adom volunteer, which works side-by-side with Hatzalah and he has responded to over 45,000 emergency calls and taken part in over 1,200 CPR calls.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)