First responders shock 4-year-old Lehigh Valley boy for Autism Consciousness Month

April is Autism Consciousness Month. Roughly 1 in 44 Kids throughout the U.S. are recognized annually.

In line with AutismSpeaks.org, that is 1 in 27 boys, and 1 in 116 women.

Autism impacts households throughout the nation, together with the Katana’s, proper right here within the Lehigh Valley.

“I feel it is actually vital that folks know it,” stated Catherine Katana.

Catherine’s 4-year-old son A.J. has low functioning autism, which means he cannot converse, or categorical sure issues that he wants, like different youngsters his age.

“We reside a bit of bit totally different,” stated Katana.

One factor he can do, is present his pleasure for first responders. 

“He loves hearth vehicles, something from police, firetrucks, rescue, all the pieces,” stated Katana. “Along with his autism, he likes it as a result of he flaps his arms.”

That gave Chief Nick Marlowe with the Han-Le-Co Fireplace Firm an concept.

First responders from totally different stations within the Lehigh Valley got here collectively Saturday, giving A.J. the chance to see the vehicles in a single spot, and see how liked he’s by everybody.

“I assumed it was applicable to do that for them, as a result of he is all into emergency automobiles, police automobiles, automobiles, stuff like that,” stated Chief Nick Marlowe.

“How all of us got here collectively in a brief discover, is fairly wonderful,” he continued. 

Catherine says this shock, meant the world to her. 

“I feel it is wonderful, I am overwhelmed, and overjoyed that we had been considered, that my household was even considered,” stated Katana.

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