Erdan urges police chief to give terror victim courage award
Public security minister recommends awarding Ari Fuld, a former IDF paratrooper murdered while fighting a terrorist last month, with the highest medal—the Civilian Courage Award; 'Ari Fuld demonstrated supreme courage, while putting his own life on the line,' Erdan writes.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has asked Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh to convene the Honor Medal and Decoration Committee to discuss honoring the late Ari Fuld, a former IDF paratrooper who was stabbed to death by a terrorist in Gush Etzion last month.
Erdan asked Alsheikh to convene the committee as soon as possible, so the medal could be posthumously bestowed upon Fuld in the upcoming commendation ceremony later this month.
In his petition to the commissioner, Erdan wrote that “Ari Fuld demonstrated supreme courage, while putting his own life on the line when in his final moments he chased the terrorist who had stabbed him and neutralized him—thus saving the lives of other civilians.”
Erdan asked the commissioner to consider decorating Fuld for his bravery with the Civilian Courage Award—the highest medal that the minister can bestow.
“Ari fought for Israel beyond the battlefield, in the international arena, and was one of the activists in a network we have established to show the world the truth about Israel, and expose the lies of its boycotters,” Erdan added. “Ari was a role model, and we should honor him for that.”
The police’s medals committee can recommend bestowing one of four medals: the Commissioner's Commendation Award, the Paragon Award, the Bravery Medal and the highest one—the Courage Award, which the public security minister can bestow upon those who performed acts of supreme courage while putting their own life on the line.
In the upcoming commendation ceremony, in the presence of Alsheikh and Erdan, police officers and civilians who committed unique acts of bravery during the recent years' lone-wolf terror surge will receive honors and medals for their bravery.