Yoel Souisa Z” L, a citizen of Dimona and a volunteer EMT with United Hatzalah, was struck by a car that negligently swerved into Highway 25 from a side road last December while riding his ambucycle (emergency motorcycle).
Yoel’s health was critical when he was taken to the hospital. Later, he died from his wounds, shocking the EMS system and the Dimona neighborhood.
The following morning, Yoel was buried. Eli Beer, president and founder of United Hatzalah, was among the many attendees at the funeral. In addition to prominent Dimona residents and rabbis, hundreds of United Hatzalah volunteers and ambucycle drivers from across the nation gathered to bid Yoel farewell.
Yoel’s widow, Efrat, sobbed as she described how her husband’s volunteer work was “his entire world” to Eli Beer during the funeral and pledged that she would take up his role.
Last Wednesday, Efrat kept her word. At a graduation ceremony for the advanced Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit (PCRU), held at United Hatzalah’s Beer Sheva “Volunteer House,”
Efrat took her place alongside 16 other graduates who had finished their training and would now offer psychological first aid to those experiencing emotional or psychological shock in the immediate aftermath of serious medical emergencies.
Efrat and Yoel’s children, Yoel’s mother, and Be’er Sheva Mayor Rubik Danilovich attended the event.
The group has determined that all course graduates will be a part of “Team Yoel,” which also consists of all the volunteers from the Dimona chapter, as a way to honor Yoel.