LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Longmeadow Police Officers and Firefighters opened their doors and hearts on Sunday to families with Autistic children.
Hope Tremblay of the Western New England walk for now autism speaks committee had suggested this open house to help give her kids and other Western Massachusetts Autistic a unique experience. “A lot of kids in the autism spectrum are really affected by the lights and sounds, so this is a great opportunity for them to meet the fire and police personnel so if they’re in an emergency they’re more familiar with them,” said Tremblay.
Sunday’s open house served as a two way street. The police and firefighters found their interaction with the autistic children a very meaningful experience.
Captain Jay Macsata of the Longmeadow Fire Department told 22News, “It’s been awesome. The kids keep coming in one on one time with them seeing the equipment, the interaction is awesome.”
Hope Tremblay told 22News that Sunday’s event was so positive; she’ll recommend further open house gatherings for autistic children throughout western Massachusetts.
Her committee is now involved with fundraising as part of the planning for its next autism speaks event the autism walk at Stanley Park in Westfield on September 26th.