Steve Averbach 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski/The Jerusalem Post))
Steve Averbach, known by his friends as “Guns,” was buried in Jerusalem Monday
after succumbing to wounds suffered in a May 2003 Palestinian suicide
Averbach, 44, died in his sleep on Thursday. He is credited with
causing the bomber, dressed as a religious Jew, to blow himself up prematurely,
saving untold lives. The bombing took place in the French Hill neighborhood
aboard an articulated bus on Egged’s No. 6 line.
Phillip Kaiser, who flew
to Israel from the US with his wife, Miranda, to attend the funeral,
Averbach and a police officer identified the bomber and took
“Steve was found in the bus with his weapon in his hand and told
those who found him to be careful, as the safety was off,” Kaiser said.
think he was responsible for the terrorist blowing himself up early,
terrorist’s objective was to wait for more people and then detonate in
middle of the bus.”
The bombing left Averbach paralyzed from the neck down and
in need of constant care. He was in and out of hospitals over the years
Speaking to The Jerusalem Post
Averbach’s mother, Maida,
said, “I want the people whose lives he saved to realize what he did by
[the terrorist] to prematurely detonate. All those people waiting at the
stop, he saved.”
Averbach moved to Israel from the US by himself while in his
teens, and served in the Golani Brigade. He later worked for the Israel
before becoming a shooting instructor at Krav, a popular target range in
capital’s Talpiot neighborhood.
His father, David, recalled one of
“‘Take aim and shoot,’ is what Steve taught his
students,” David said.
“A guard Steve had taught prevented a 2002 bombing when
he saw a terrorist and all he could think was, ‘Take aim and shoot.’”
hundred mourners accompanied Averbach to his final resting spot. Among
members of the Israel Police, the IDF and Krav. He is survived by his
and wife, Julie.