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Elite Officer to be Buried Friday

The eighth victim of Thursday's terror attacks, elite police commander Pascal Avrahami, will be buried Friday in Jerusalem.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 8/19/2011, 12:29 PM

Pascal Avrahami z"l
Pascal Avrahami z"l
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Elite police commander Pascal Avrahami was killed by terrorists on Thursday as he took part in counter-terror activities in southern Israel. Avrahami and other Yamam officers had been hunting terrorists for hours when a sniper struck, leaving Avrahami mortally wounded.

Avrahami, 49, is survived by a wife and three children:  25-year-old Tal, 20-year-old Matan, and 18-year-old Ohad. He lived with his family in the Pisgat Zev neighborhood of Jerusalem.

He was born in France, and made aliyah (immigrated) to Israel in 1977. In 1985 he joined the elite Yamam police force, where he was trained as a soldier and sniper.

He was given two prestigious awards during his decades of service, one for bravery and the other for excellence.

“Israel's police bow their heads and salute Sergeant-Major of Command Pascal Avrahami, may his memory be blessed,” Police Chief Yohanan Danino said. “Few knew that this modest, humble warrior, who raised generations of soldiers, had two awards.”

Avrahami's relatives described him as a loving father and husband who was devoted to both his family and his work.

He will be buried Friday in the police section of Har Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem.