Ody Norkin, Lansing Jewish community deliver ambulance

 Ody Norkin, Lansing Jewish community deliver ambulance

The war in Ukraine is personal for Ody Norkin of Okemos.

As he watched the news showing platoons of Russian soldiers storming into Ukraine, he thought of his grandparents. They were killed in the streets of Odessa during the Holocaust in 1941. He treasures a photo of them holding his father as a baby.

Ody Norkin's grandparents, Sara and Moshe Norkin, are shown in this photograph, holding their son (and Ody's father), Aaron.  Moshe and Sara were killed during the Holocaust in Odessa, Ukraine.

Norkin, 67, was born in Israel and served in the Israeli Army during the 1973 war. He came to the United States in 1978 and now serves as vice president of Michigan Flyer, which transports passengers from Lansing and Ann Arbor to Detroit Metro airport.

As he monitored the war in Ukraine, Norkin said he became frustrated by Israel’s neutral stance. The exodus of people from Ukraine to neighboring nations moved him, and he knew he needed to do something.

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