Raphael Eliyahu Traub
Raphael Eliyahu Traub. (photo credit:UNITED HATZALAH‏)


A young volunteer for United Hatzalah passed away Sunday after he lost his battle with a long-term disease, on his 10th birthday.

At his funeral, Raphael Eliyahu Traub’s family, friends and Hatzalah volunteers accompanied the boy’s body for burial. Only days before, he had requested only one birthday gift: A book of psalms.

“He not only fought bravely against the angel of death; He did so with his own body,” the organization wrote in a post on Facebook sadly announcing Raphael’s death.

Ever since he was young, Raphael was involved with the organization to some extent. Despite his deteriorating health, he still managed to come to United Hatzalah offices almost every day.

Due to his dedication, the organization gave Raphael his own walkie talkie to stay up-to-date on what  volunteers around the country were doing and the boy found a deep sense of belonging at United Hatzalah.

His dreamed of getting healthy and becoming a full Hatzalah volunteer so that he could save lives.

United Hatzalah is an emergency medical first response organization comprised of thousands of volunteers whose singular goal is to arrive at the scene of an emergency in the shortest possible time and providing immediate medical treatment, often arriving before ambulances can get to the scene.

Founded in 2006, the organization now has more than 2,500 emergency medical technicians and paramedics engaged in lifesaving work across the country.

As reported by The Jerusalem Post