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Clifton Journal - 9/1/2017

Clifton police said they helped an autistic teenager return to the bank after he jumped into Weasel Brook on Aug. 25.

Officers responded to Weasel Brook Park at 8:45 p.m. after they received a report that a 15-year-old boy was in the water, said Lt. Robert Bracken. Clifton patrolman Thomas Buell went to the edge of the water and utilized techniques learned during a class on how to interact with people with autism.

Buell was able to build a rapport with the teen, who came toward him to give him a high five, Bracken said. The teen was brought back to his mother.

"Understanding the techniques in being able to interact with persons with autism in the most effective ways is something that the department continues to focus on," Bracken said in an email. "Patrolman Buell exemplifies this goal having done an outstanding job in handling this incident."


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