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reichenbergCBS New York reports: A good Samaritan lost his life this weekend trying to save a father and his son amid the winds and rain of Hurricane Irene on Sunday.

Many, including his heartbroken son, are calling 50-year-old David Reichenberg a hero after his efforts.

“He saved people’s lives without thinking,” Akiva Reichenberg told CBS 2′s Scott Rapoport.

Reichenberg’s heroism cost the husband and father of four his life, and Akiva, his dad.

“It seems like a dream. A bad dream,” he said. “Like it’s not possible it happened.”

On a flooded street in Spring Valley Sunday, Reichenberg saw a father and his 6-year-old child entangled with a live, downed electrical wire from the storm. Both of them were shocked and burned.

Police say Reichenberg rushed to save them, pulling them away from the power line, but it cost him his life.

“He was lying on the floor and his clothes were on fire,” said eyewitness Lou Weinberg. “I thought it was a grass fire at first, but it was him.”

Reichenberg was electrocuted from the wire, killed trying to save someone else’s little boy.

Reichenberg’s emotional brother felt shattered, yet proud of the rescue effort.

“He went in selflessly,” said his brother Eric Reichenberg. “Helped other people. It cost him his life.”

Inside the Reichenberg home, family is sitting Shiva, mourning a loving husband, devoted father and selfless soul.

“I’m proud of him,” said Akiva. “He was born a hero and he died a hero.”

The injured child is now in serious condition at Westchester Medical Center. The father was treated for burns and released.

{CBS New York/ Newscenter}


  1. He was a tzadik yes sod olam not good Samaritan a person who is good he isnot a Samaritan and vice versa they the ones who slandered the Jews and did everything to stop the building of the second bees hamikdosh as described in nechemia so that phi ase is An oxymoron tehi nishmoso tzrrura bitzror hachaim

  2. A religious site should not use the term ‘Good Samaritan’

    Not only because it is derived from the new testament, but because most Rishonim pasken they have a Din of Idol worshipers (Kussim).

  3. One would think that a little more sensitivity might be used in describing a heroic Jew as a “Good Samaritan.” The story of “the good samaritan” is about as anti-semitic as any of the non-historic blood libels.

    While I understand that this is a typical cliche in common use today, I still would argue that some tact and sensitivity would have been appropriately applied.

  4. A very touching and sad story.

    As a frum website, must be careful with reprinted articles. There is no such thing as a Good Samaritan. Christians called the Cusim Good Samaritans, because they liked to antagonize and kill Jews. For us, there are only Bad Samaritans. Let us find a befitting title for are own Jewish hero.

  5. MATZAV.COM is merely excerpting an article directly from a third-party. Matzav is not the one calling him a Good Samaritan. It is the goyish news source that did so.

  6. Matzav has an obligation to edit what they take from non-Jewish sources (telling their readers they are doing so), so we can read without stumbling blocks.

  7. Seriously, this is what you are posting about? You have kids without a father and a woman without a husband. Wake up people and lets get real here. The man is hero and a Tzaddik and a good Samaritan


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