The Rockland County Haitian American Nurses Association honored Ayal Lindeman with their Nurse of the Year Award.

At the annual gala celebration and fundraising event September 15, the Rockland County Haitian American Nurses Association, HANA, presented their 2012 Inspiring Leader and Nurse of the Year Award to Ayal Lindeman for his service to the people of Haiti.

Lindeman, who has served on seven missions to Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake, is a Scientology Volunteer Minister, licensed practical nurse, emergency medical technician, disaster response specialist, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainer.  He has served as a first responder at 11 major disasters, including 911 New York, hurricanes Charley, Ivan, Jean, Wilma, Katrina, and Rita, and the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Lindeman also prepares other responders to cope with disaster.  Over the past two years, Lindeman has returned to Haiti time and gain to train local residents on the fundamentals of how to survive a disaster, including how to perform life-saving first aid with limited resources, how to make safe drinking water, and how to provide Scientology assists, techniques developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard that speed recovery from stress and trauma.

In presenting the award, Ms. Berthilde Dufrene, founder and president of Rockland County HANA, described Lindeman as one who goes beyond the call of duty.  “Ayal was part of the rescue mission immediately after the earthquake, and he has not left us yet,” she said.  “Ayal, we truly appreciate all you do for HANA.  Words are not enough to say how much we appreciate you.”

A 2011 Freedom Medal Award Winner of the International Association of Scientologists, Lindeman lives with his wife Devorah in Spring Valley, New York.