Hundreds of United Hatzalah volunteers on foot, ambucycle and ambulance treated 113 people at the funeral of Rav Shmuel Wosner zt”l.
Their greatest challenge came when the procession tried to exit through the narrow entrance of the Yeshiva Chochmei Lublin. In the tumble of people pushing and shoving their way out, over a dozen people were hurt, 4 critically, one of whom later died of his injuries.
The scene was initially only accessible by ambucycle medics and volunteers on foot who waded through the teeming crowd to reach the injured parties. At one point multiple agencies were working together on 3 simultaneous resuscitations.
The United Hatzalah ambucycles also played a vital role in clearing paths for the ambulances to and from the scene.
United Hatzalah Chairman Zev Kashash commented “There have been much larger and more challenging funerals that have occurred in daylight and in the heat of the Bnei Brak summer. This was not a particularly dangerous environment. All communal and rescue organizations will review their procedures and planning for these types of events in order to hopefully avoid preventable tragedies.”
United Hatzalah volunteers were also on scene to accompany the victim Rabbi Mordechai Gerber from to his home in Elad to his burial in the Segula Cemetary in Petach Tikva.