Submitted by: American Friends of Magen David Adom
Less than two weeks after a terrorist bomb in southern Samaria killed his sister and nearly took his life, Dvir Schnerb completed the EMS course he had been enrolled in and was certified as an EMT for Magen David Adom, Israel national emergency service organization.
In his new role as a volunteer EMT, Dvir, 19, will honor his sister’s memory by working to save the lives of others.
The ceremony was Sept. 3, only hours after Dvir was released from the hospital. He sustained serious injuries in the bombing, which occurred 11 days earlier. His father, Rabbi Eitan Schnerb of Lod, was also injured. Dvir’s sister, Rina, was killed in the blast, which occurred when the three of them were hiking near Ein Bubin Springs in the Benyamin Region. Rina, 17, bore the brunt of the blast, partially shielding her father and brother and preventing them from being more grievously wounded.
“Today we are finishing a course which we all began for one reason, the desire to save lives,” Dvir said. “We never really think about who our patient is, what their life has been like until now, or what their life will be like after. But this week, I learned that saving lives is not only saving who our patient was, but it's also saving their future. I save the entire life he is going to live, the children and grandchildren he will have, and the good things he will go on doing. An entire world. All of this is in our hands.”
The event was made additionally poignant by the presence of Senior EMT Shlomo Perel, who was not only the instructor for the course, but was also the first EMT to respond to the scene of the bombing on Aug. 23. Upon his arrival to the attack site that day, he was shocked to discover that it was the Schnerb family who was injured as he’s also related to them.