NEW HAVEN —  For Veronica Jofre and her brother, Enzo, who grew up in a home on Howard Avenue in the city’s Hill section where Spanish was the first language, one key motivation to become first responders was something quite personal.

If anything ever happened to their mostly Spanish-speaking mother or their entirely Spanish-speaking father, the siblings would want whomever responded — whether a police officer, firefighter, emergency dispatcher or emergency medical technician  —  to speak their parents’ language and understand their concerns.

“I want to be that person for someone else’s mom,” said Veronica Jofre, 27.


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