Autism awareness

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Autistic children and adults can be traumatized by unexpected situations and conditions, and recognizing that and knowing how to deal with it can avoid stress and, quite possibly, injury. That was the message brought to Warwick firefighters during two-hour training sessions over the past two months by Chuck Karboski, a retired Lincoln firefighter whose daughter is autistic. Karboski works with the ALEC Program (Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition) and provided the training at no charge to the city. He said it is especially important that firefighters can identify autism when responding to an emergency medical situation or a fire. Mayor Joseph Solomon thanked Karboski for his work and honored him with a citation Tuesday at the emergency operations center. Joining them for the presentation was interim Fire Chief Peter McMichael. (Warwick Beacon photo)

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