United (Rescue) Hatzalah Israel
Gavriel Friedson has been saving lives since the age of fifteen. Over the course of sixteen years on the job, Friedson has distinguished himself through more than 10,000 emergency calls, ranging from acute medical crises to multiple casualties and catastrophic events. He has been the first medic on the scene at a number of terrorist attacks during his years as a first responder. Having spent most of his life volunteering with Israel’s rescue agencies, he returned to the United States in 2017 to help expand United Rescue’s operations for international cooperation, responsible for helping to identify additional locations and emergency programs. Gavriel served in the elite Nahal Infantry Brigade and later in the Spokesperson’s Unit of the IDF. He holds a B.A. in Communications from Reichman University and a M.A. in Public Health specializing in Emergency and Disaster Management from Tel Aviv University.