Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi, who was killed by gunfire in a terror attack near Hebron while en route to a family Passover Seder, was laid to rest Wednesday afternoon at the Mount Herzl military cemetery.
Hundreds attended the service to pay their last respects to the father of five, including Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino.
Hadas Mizrahi, the late officer’s pregnant wife, who was moderately injured in the attack, was released from the hospital for the funeral.
“Instead of growing old together and watching the seasons pass, with the shriek of a bullet, I lost the love of my life,” the bereaved Hadas eulogized.
“The children are crying and cannot believe it,” she added.
“Who will teach them dedication and perseverance? Who will provide them with the personal example, which, even in your last moments, you gave them?”
Mizrahi’s 8-year-old son read the Kaddish prayer at the funeral.
Speaking at the service, Danino announced a posthumous promotion for Mizrahi from chief superintendent to commander.
“We cannot bring Baruch back, but his contribution will remain for many years. And therefore we decided to award him with the title of commander that he deserved,” Danino said.
Mizrahi, who served in the military for 25 years, filled a variety of senior roles. In June 2011, he was drafted into the police force, where he served as head of the technology department in the police intelligence force.
Hadas Mizrahi said earlier that she and her husband had realized they were coming under fire as they drove toward her mother’s home in the settlement of Kiryat Arba for the Passover Seder. He tried to accelerate away as the gunfire hit their vehicle. “He was hit by a bullet, then I was hit, then he was hit again, and I was hit again,” she said.
When she realized Baruch was no longer able to drive, she took over and sped away, while also calling the emergency services.
The IDF was still searching for the assailants on Wednesday night, and had not determined whether one or more gunman was involved. Shots were fired from more than one location close to the road at a series of Israeli vehicles, and it was not clear whether several attackers had fired or a single terrorist on the run.