Staff Sgt. Hilla, an Israel Defense Forces active-duty paramedic, and her commander, Maj. Yehuda, whose life she saved, told their story on February 7 in Cresskill, at a meeting of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces supporters from New Jersey.
Staff Sgt. Hilla, who began her military service in 2016 and joined a special paramedics course, saved Maj. Yehuda’s life last year, when he was hit in the chest by shrapnel and couldn’t breathe. His life-threatening injury occurred while both soldiers were serving along the Gaza border during a period of heightened tension and protests.
“FIDF’s New Jersey chapter has always supported the brave men and women who risk their lives protecting Israel,” FIDF’s New Jersey director, Howard Gases, said. “This event provided a unique opportunity for our local supporters to hear first-hand the incredible, heroic story of one young soldier saving the life of another. Meeting soldiers in person builds bonds between our local Jewish communities and those in Israel, and confirms why we must support those who protect the Jewish homeland.”