IDF soldier and Magen David Adom volunteer Sergeant Osher Simha Barzilay z”l fell in the line of duty as an operations officer in the Nachal Oz base on October 7.
A resident of Mazkeret Batya in central Israel, Osher started as a youth volunteer and first aid provider in Magen David Adom in 2019. In the years before she joined the IDF, she saved many lives, underwent training to provide medical aid in mobile intensive care units (MICUs), and trained youth volunteers. An excellent student, she hoped to one day be a doctor.
“She was just as her name suggests. Osher (Hebrew for joy) was filled with joy, always happy and with a smile. She would be the first to help when required and made certain to join a shift every week to volunteer on an ambulance or MICU. She was a wonderful volunteer with an enchanting personality who dreamed that she would grow up to be a doctor and continue to save lives,” said Hila Pilosof, MDA paramedic and youth volunteer manager at the Rehovot Station, in a eulogy.
Osher leaves behind parents, five siblings, and a partner. May her memory always be blessed.