First responders raise awareness about autism

Emergency responders from across the Hudson Valley were in New Rochelle today raising awareness about autism.



Dozens of first responder agencies from across the Hudson Valley gathered at the Ward School as part of the New Rochelle Police Department's "Autism Patch Challenge." "This exemplifies the unification of law enforcement and other first responders to let families of autistic kids know we know the challenges they face and we're there for them every day," says New Rochelle resident Christopher Greco.



Nicholas Merritt was just one of the many students who proudly showed off his patches and support for autism awareness on his cheek. "My favorite is the blue piece because it reminds me of the blue stripes on the truck," said the 10-year-old.



April is Autism Awareness Month, and the New Rochelle Police Department hopes its Patch challenge will inspire other cities and towns to do their own thing. Other New Rochelle elementary schools will be visited throughout the day to hand out patches to special-need students, teachers, and staff.


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