Born into a musical family, Israel moved several times early in his childhood until eventually settling in Henderson, Nevada. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, later enrolling in the Coast Guard’s elite Helicopter Rescue Swimmer Program. He was one of only four members to graduate in his class.
In 2004, Israel was stationed at Air Station New Orleans, one of the Coast Guard’s busiest air, search and rescue units. One year later, Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed the Crescent City. He participated in countless daring rescues. These experiences fueled his desire to tell his stories.
Israel currently is stationed in Barboursville, West Virginia with his wife Melanie, their two children and their faithful Basset Hound, Roxanne. He remains on active duty, serving his country as a Coast Guard Officer.
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