Paramedic leaves wedding celebration to save life

The medic was in the middle of a very important Jewish wedding ceremony when his pager went off


JERUSALEM — An Israeli paramedic and groom-to-be left a very important religious celebration to save a life.

Volunteer paramedic Arie Jaffe with United Hatzalah was celebrating his "Ufruf," a special occasion where a prospective groom is brought to the Torah before his wedding, joined by a congregation singing blessing for him at the synagogue.

Jaffe had just finished reading from the Torah when his beeper went off, according to Israel Nation News.

He ran out of Jerusalem's biggest synagogue to find a 97-year-old man who left the service early and was hit by a car while crossing the road.

"I began to resuscitate immediately and was soon joined by my brothers and cousins — all medics themselves," Jaffe said.

The elderly man was taken to the hospital and is in serious condition.

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