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Former TV Anchor Trains Westport Firefighters, EMS

WESTPORT, Conn. – Former WTNH News 8 morning co-anchor Kristen Cusato, now southwest regional director of the Connecticut chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, stopped by Westport Fire Headquarters to train firefighters and EMS on how to approach Alzheimer’s patients, the fire department announced Thursday.

Cusato, whose mother has Alzheimer's, left News 8 in November to join the Alzheimer's Association. During her visit to Westport, she offered first responders tips on how to resolve situations that involve people with forms of dementia. Some topic areas she covered included wandering, driving, firearms and disaster response, Assistant Fire Chief Robert Yost said in a statement.

The Alzheimer’s Association is a national nonprofit that provides community-based education and support to those dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. According to its website, it is also the largest, private nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research. For information or assistance, call the Connecticut chapter at 1-860-828-2828 or visit www.alz.org/ct.

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