“Saved many people’s lives – both in MDA and in the IDF”

IDF soldier and paramedic, and MDA volunteer, Staff Sergeant Itamar Shemen, fell in battle in Gaza.

By Zaki Heller | | Topics: Gaza, Hamas
Illustration. Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Magen David Adom mourns the death of IDF soldier and paramedic, and MDA volunteer Staff Sergeant Itamar Shemen (21), a resident of Lapid, who fell in battle in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday December 23. Itamar leaves behind parents and two sisters.

Itamar Shemen

Itamar was recruited into the IDF paramedic course, with the aim of performing an important role and saving lives. During his training, Itamar completed shifts on MDA MICUs, and once qualified as a paramedic, made sure to volunteer on shifts at MDA stations, saving many lives. Even while he was fighting in Gaza as part of the “Iron Swords” war, Itamar volunteered on MDA MICUs during the short breaks that he had at home.

MDA paramedic and school friend Denis Savchenko eulogized him: “It’s difficult for me to talk about Itamar in the past tense. He was a warm-hearted, positive and smiley person, who always supported his patients and made the patient trust him, even in the most difficult moments. He cared deeply, was very attentive to his patients, and had a huge heart. He saved many people’s lives – both in MDA and in his role in the IDF. He entered the world of medicine because he dreamt of serving in a significant role, even while in uniform.”

MDA paramedic Lihi Golan: “Itamar was always an optimist and smiling. Two weeks ago when he was on a short break from the fighting in Gaza, he came to the station for a shift, and never passed up an opportunity to give to those in need. He had amazing way with his patients, who loved him and knew they could trust him. May his memory be blessed.”

MDA Ayalon Region Manager, Efi Bar eulogized Itamar Shemen: “Magen David Adom and the IDF have lost a soldier and Paramedic, who wanted to help and save lives, wherever he was. We mourn his loss and send his family and loved ones our condolences at this difficult hour. He will be missed by us all. May his memory be blessed.”