Wash. firefighter starts autism training program

Joey Wallberg has two kids with autism; he hopes his classes will help raise awarenss and make a difference


SELAH, Wash. — A firefighter recently started classes to teach firefighters and first responders about autism and the signs they should be looking for.

KIMAtv reported that firefighter Joey Wallberg has two kids with autism who inspired him to raise awareness.

Wallberg says not many first responders have training in working with children and adults with autism. He hopes his classes will help make a difference.

"This is just a huge passion of mine to do this," said Wallberg. "There's just so many instances whether it be a medical call even rescuing someone from a house fire. There's lots of things to take into consideration."

Wallberg hopes to expand his classes to all firefighters and law enforcement in Yakima County.

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