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Haifa police commander 311.
(photo credit:Channel 10 News)
Haifa Police Chief Dep.-Cmdr. Ahuva Tomer on Monday succumbed to her injuries sustained Thursday in the Carmel fire, bringing the death toll in the disaster to 42.Tomer
had been in critical condition since rushing into flames to check the
condition of the dozens of Prisons Service cadets trapped in the deadly Carmel
blaze on Thursday.
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President Shimon Peres was among those who eulogized Tomer on Monday, calling her "the best of the best" and "a symbol of courage". She was an example to all, he declared. She never had to raise her voice to the 550 police under her command, Peres continued. "She was loved and admired, and she devoted her life to Israel.""Aside from being a good mother, she was always a willing listener to others - not only to the men and women under her command, but also to prisoners. She paved her own path to success, and worked tirelessly to eradicate crime," the president added.Also responding to news of Tomer's death, Police Insp.-Gen.
David Cohen said Monday, "Ahuva our friend, decorated commander, brave
and beloved iron woman, that stood through difficult tests of fire and
prevailed, she lived and died as a hero." Cohen continued, "The entire
Israel Police family is suffering with sadness and pain today."
Tomer was captured on camera minutes before the tragedy,
driving together with a staff officer toward the blaze, telling
reporters that she was on her way to check first-hand what the situation
was in the Carmel Forest. Seconds before she sped off in her police
car, Tomer expressed concern for mothers and children in nearby Kibbutz
Beit Oren, who were being evacuated.
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