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 Genois Wilson, Firefighter:
She Dared to be First

Author: Carol Butler
Illustrated by Teresa Yarbrough

 

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Genois Wilson Brabson
 

The quotation, “A woman is like a tea bag: you cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water,”  is attributed to two former First Ladies -- Eleanor Roosevelt and Nancy Reagan.
 
The former First Ladies’ words come to life in the story of another first woman in Carol Butler’s debut book titled,  "Genois Wilson, Firefighter:  She Dared to Be First."  It’s an audacious woman’s moving life story that shows how passion and determination can lead to incredible success in life.

Wilson is the first female firefighter of the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana.  In the fire department, she exemplified leadership and a strong sense of willpower as she balanced her new life as both a role model and novice in a male-dominated professional field.  She believed in herself knowing one day she could make it — and she did.  In 1975, Genois Wilson-Brabson became a true trailblazer by daring to be first.

She not only was first but had an exemplary career becoming a District Chief before she retired.   She inspired many other women who dared to follow her as firefighters.  In 2012 the mayor of Fort Wayne named one of those women firefighters to be Chief of the Fort Wayne Fire Department.

In this book, young readers can follow the inspirational storyline as to how Wilson made it through the challenges in her life.  She survived a fire in her childhood home while her older sister died from that same fire.  By 1970 – at a time when women were not welcome to join men in jobs requiring strength, speed and, most especially, danger – Wilson decided she wanted to be a firefighter.  She took the chance and succeeded, opening the door for all women, including African-American women, throughout the nation.

"Genois Wilson, Firefighter:  She Dared to Be First"  motivates both young girls and boys to strive for their dreams no matter who they are or what their dreams may be. 



 
     
 


Carol Butler
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: This is Carol Butler's first book.  She was motivated to write this book about Genois Wilson because of an incident that happened to her as a young woman when she unknowingly influenced an even younger woman simply by showing up at her school in her US Navy uniform.  Carol gave a speech and so inspired the young woman that she ended up serving in both the U.S. Army and the Air Force.

Remembering the young woman's story and believing that you can still change the world, "one child at a time," Carol felt that Genois Wilson Brabson's story needed to be told. 

Carol Butler is a community volunteer.  She initiated Random Acts of Kindness Week in her city, served as the chairperson of the International Women’s Day planning committee, and is one of the founding members of an organization dedicated to supporting the university’s Women’s Studies program.  She is also an active member of the Bahá’í Faith.  Carol is married to Tom Butler and they live in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She and Tom love spending time with their grandchildren, traveling, and welcoming friends to their home.
 
 
 
  
 
 


Teresa Yarbrough
 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:  Teresa is a greatly self-taught freelance artist. Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She always loved art and seemed to have a natural talent for it.  She was encouraged by teachers and particularly by supportive parents.  Mother, Rosalind Ridley’s artistic hand inspired her. Father, Richard Ridley Jr. provided, or even hand-made, any art tools she needed to succeed.  Both taught her to believe that she could become anything she desired to be.  This belief was reinforced by knowing her father helped shape history by being appointed Indiana’s first African American firefighter and served with excellence.

Teresa, a US Air Force veteran, is trained in Commercial Art and Airbrush technique.  She established, ‘Heart & Soul Originals & Prints’ in January of 1992 marketing her work in California, Indiana & Las Vegas receiving exposure in media and print. 
 
She’s hosted public displays and art shows, performed educational demonstrations for youth programs, and exhibited in galleries.  Her virtual gallery is located at: www. heartandsoularts.com or you may visit her site by clicking here.
 
Teresa is a very diverse artist whose creations reflect a wide range of human interests including; aircraft nostalgic nose art, bigger than life murals, life-like portraits, artistic signage, to name a few.  Children’s book illustration is a new frontier this artist is embarking on with the first project so appropriately being, "Genois Wilson, Firefighter: She Dared to be First,"  about another historical first in the fire department of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The artist’s striking images, in this book, help to fill its pages with life and a fun visual experience for the children that read it!



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Joan Bolden
 
 
About The Spark: Joan Bolden, an employee at the Veterans Administration Medical Center greeted Carol one day.  Joan told her when she was in junior high school she remembered Carol visiting her classroom wearing her WAVE uniform. As a young girl, Joan was so impressed by seeing Carol in uniform and the speech she gave that she decided right then to pursue a career in the Armed Forces.  She served in two branches of the military: the U.S. Army and the Air Force.

Remembering Joan’s story and believing that you can still change the
world, “one child at a time” Carol Butler felt Genois Wilson Brabson’s story
needed to be and deserved to be told.

     
 
Carol Butler, Joan Bolden, Condra Ridley

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Genois was the president of the Black Fire Fighters and a member of the Big Brothers-Big Sisters mentor program.  In 1986, she was granted a Women of Achievement Award from the YWCA and a Philo T. Farnsworth Award for a children's fire safety video that aired on public television.  The American Legion declared her the Indiana Fire Fighter of the Year in 1990.  She was the first African American woman to receive such an award.

* Genois Wilson's biography excerpt is courtesy of The History Makers.
 
GENOIS WILSON BIOGRAPHY

Genois Wilson, the oldest of eight children, was born on August 15, 1949 in Phillips County, Arkansas. She was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and attended college there, graduating from Indiana University in 1974 with a B.A. in sociology and a desire to work with young people.  Wilson then joined the Fort Wayne Fire Department, where she earned accolades for her work in fire safety education.

Wilson was the first woman to work as a fire dispatcher in Fort Wayne when she began in 1975.  Then, in 1979, she became the first woman to attend the fire department's training academy.   She worked as a fire educator and inspector until 1987, when she received a promotion to fire education director. Through her fire awareness seminars, Wilson taught both fire department employees and Fort Wayne residents, especially elementary school children.

She sought and received block grants to provide smoke detectors to low-income families.  When she realized the need for specialized training, she adapted her presentation for hearing-impaired children.  She performed tests to determine whether smoke detectors could be designed to increase their effectiveness for hearing-impaired people and the tests showed that adjusting the pitch and location of detectors made a significant difference.  Wilson also tailored her presentation for disabled people.  Her fire awareness seminars are credited with saving the lives of at least two children.

Wilson has been the president of the Black Fire Fighters and a member of the Big Brothers-Big Sisters mentor program.  In 1986, she was granted a Women of Achievement Award from the YWCA and a Philo T. Farnsworth Award for a children's fire safety video that aired on public television.  The American Legion declared her the Indiana Fire Fighter of the Year in 1990.  She was the first African American woman to receive such an award.

* Genois Wilson's biography excerpt is courtesy of The History Makers.
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