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Israel’s Watergen executive chair donates ambulance to United Hatzalah

Watergen executive chairman Maxim Pasik speaks at the dedication of a new ambulance donated by his family to United Hatzalah. (Yechiel Grufein/United Hatzalah)
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Maxim Pasik said that he and his family want ‘to help better the lives of the residents of Petach Tikvah, the city where we have lived for the past thirty years.

By ILANIT CHERNICK

With June 25 being National Paramedic Day in Israel, there is no better way to mark the occasion than by commending and thanking the men and women who work day in and day out to save lives.

This week, a top-notch ambulance was donated to United Hatzalah by the executive chairman of Israeli startup Watergen, which develops safe drinking water from air.

Maxim Pasik and his family donated the ambulance in memory of his father Michael, with the ambulance set to serve the Petah Tikvah area and will be operated by volunteers there.

According to United Hatzalah, the ambulance is outfitted with the most up to date medical equipment and will join the fleet of more than 40 active ambulances utilized by United Hatzalah across the country to provide free emergency medical care to those in need. 

Speaking about what inspired him to donate the ambulance, Pasik said that he and his family wanted “to help better the lives of the residents of Petach Tikvah, the city where we have lived for the past thirty years. 

“My father and my grandfather were not lucky enough to have an ambulance arrive to help them in time,” he recalled. “I rest assured knowing that this ambulance will save thousands of lives in our city. A very special thank you to all the volunteers of United Hatzalah who give of themselves to help others and save lives day and night.”

Pasik added that he and his family “are very proud to donate this wonderful ambulance.”

Former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel and Rishon LeZion, Rabbi Shlomo Amar, who attended the dedication ceremony, praised the Pasik family “for their commitment to saving lives during these tough times and for assisting United Hatzalah’s volunteers in their mission to provide fast and free medical service and whose volunteers save lives on a daily basis.”

The dedication took place at United Hatzalah’s headquarters in Jerusalem with the participation of the former Sephardi chief rabbi, MK and former deputy mayor of Petach Tikvah, Rabbi Uriel Boso, as well as president and founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer. Various other public officials, dignitaries, and volunteers of the organization.

Speaking at the ceremony, Beer said that both Israel and the world is in the middle of a very difficult time. 

“Nowadays, regardless of the great sacrifice they are making for themselves and their families, thousands of volunteers are spread throughout Israel and are responding to medical emergencies by providing fast and free medical services to anyone in need,” he continued. “They treat thousands of patients each day and are saving lives.” 

Beer thanked the Pasik family, which has allowed United Hatzalah to purchase an additional ambulance that will now be used in service in Petah Tikvah 

“We all hope and pray that this horrible plague will pass soon and that we will all be able to return to a new, healthier, sense of normality,” he concluded. 

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