Police Sergeant First Class Yosef Ganem went above and beyond the call of duty Sunday morning when he was faced with the choice of saving the life of a 23-year-old Eritrean refugee, or catching his attackers. Sgt. Ganem chose both.
The attack took place on the fourth floor of Tel Aviv's New Central Bus Station and 24-year-old Ganem responded to the police call, finding the still body of the refugee collapsed on the floor and several suspects still in the vicinity.
Ganem, who is also a medic by trade, made the quick decision to save a life before stopping those responsible for trying to take it. "When I got there I saw the man sprawled out on the floor," said Ganem. "He didn't have a pulse and he was unconscious."
The police officer began administering emergency first aid on the nearly dead man at his feet. "After several long minutes I managed to get a pulse," said Ganem.
Backup police forces were then quick to arrive at the scene along with a team from Magen David Adom. The Eritrean refugee was rushed to Ichelov Hospital where doctors worked to bring him back from the brink of death.
The team from Magen David Adom praised Ganem saying that his efforts had saved the refugee's life and given doctors the window of opportunity to stabilize him.
Sgt. Ganem wasted no time once the man had been evacuated and led his fellow officers on a search through the bus station for the suspects who, for unknown reasons, hadn't run far.
"I remembered what they looked like from the beginning of the incident," said Ganem. "I found them with the other officers and we arrested them. Two suspects had fled, so (we identified them) on security cameras and arrested them in their homes."
The six suspects from Lod, two of whom are minors, claimed during questioning that the refugee tried to rob one of them, motivating the attack. The ongoing investigation revealed that the suspects had attacked the Eritrean, punching and kicking him.