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Westchester First Responders Participate In Autism Patch Challenge

Dozens of Hudson Valley agencies participated in the Autism Patch Challenge, which was started by the New Rochelle Police Department. Photo Credit: Eastchester EMS
Dozens of Hudson Valley agencies participated in the Autism Patch Challenge, which was started by the New Rochelle Police Department. Photo Credit: Eastchester EMS
Dozens of Hudson Valley agencies participated in the Autism Patch Challenge, which was started by the New Rochelle Police Department. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Eastchester EMS this week became the latest emergency response agency to join the New Rochelle Police Department’s Autism Patch Challenge.

According to a statement from police, Eastchester joins scores of local agencies taking part in the challenge. On Monday – a day after National Autism Awareness Day – all participating agencies gathered outside of the New Rochelle Police Department before heading over to William B. Ward Elementary School to meet with the students.

According to organizers, the challenge was started by a New Rochelle Police Department Detective seeking to raise awareness of the disorder within law enforcement for autism.

The patches have made their way into a number of agencies from across the country, according to organizers.

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