September 18, 2019

Lowell police activate blue lights outside Kenyan autistic kid’s home for autism awareness

By Thuothuo Anthony

Lowell Police meets Kyle & his family to observe autism awareness day. Photo Credit: Lowell Police Twitter

Cyndy Langat is a mother of an autistic child, Kyle, and her family usually does a run or other awareness event for Autism Awareness day. On Sunday night, Cyndy decided to try something different by tweeting at Lowell police asking them if they would join her in wearing blue for Autism Awareness Day.

Several Lowell police officers, including Superintendent William Taylor, showed up at Langat’s home on Middlesex Street and activated their blue cruiser lights in an effort to raise awareness. With a big smile on her face, Langat said Kyle was beyond elated as he got to check out the inside of a police cruiser. She said she reached out to police this year because Kyle likes police officers.

Langat and her family, Kyle, Kyle’s father Tony Muchine and Kyle’s sister Kelsey shared smiles and hugs with police as the blue lights flashed on three police cruisers in front of their home.

“It’s really great for law enforcement to be involved because autism doesn’t have physical features for people to look for….It’s good to keep them aware.” Langat said speaking to Lowell Sun.

Kyle is 14 and a freshman at Chelmsford High School, which he attends via the school choice program. He can comfortably recite his parent’s names and phone numbers.

From left, Tony Muchine smiles as his son, Kyle Musomba, shares a hug with Officer Phil Conroy and Sgt. Joseph Kelly looks on. SUN/Robert Mills

“We were more than happy to jump on board and raise awareness in the city.” Said Superintendent Taylor.

Other local police departments who had officers activate their blue lights for a minute to raise awareness, after being contacted by Lowell police, were Westford, Chelmsford, Billerica, Wilmington, Tewksbury, Pelham, N.H., Concord, Methuen and Cambridge.

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