Arlington Fire Department Goes Blue for Autism Awareness

The Arlington Fire Department is going blue for a cause near and dear to the firefighters' hearts – autism awareness.

Eight Arlington firefighters have family members with some form of autism.

To show their support, all 17 of the city's fire stations will replace their red exterior lights with blue ones.

Lt. Jayson Wittmayer, whose son is autistic, hopes they can start an important conversation about this often misunderstood condition.

"It's really to understand how to work with [people with autism] better," said Wittmayer. "And how they can be really part of society and be functional in society."

Batteries Plus helped the department get the blue lights.

They'll stay up for the entire month of April in recognition of National Autism Awareness Month. 

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