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 flight. 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.

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 neighbors moved him, and he knew he needed to do something.

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