C a r o l   B u t l e r
The Inspiration
and Her Book Creators

Teresa Yarbrough, Genois Wilson Brabson, Carol Butler
Artist - First Woman Firefighter - Author

"It is our intent to motivate children to "dare to dream" and to offer this book as a form of encouragement; putting it in as many children's hands as possible."
~ Carol Butler

NOW, WHAT DO YOU DARE TO DREAM? . . .What a great pleasure to meet 10 year old Dallas and his grandparents while shopping at Costco. He was one of the students attending Lincoln Elementary School when we made a visit there to read our book. Today when I asked him, "Now, what do you dare to dream?" he said, "I want to be a paleontologist!" His grandmother says he loves to read and I bet when he grows up he will surely be digging in the dirt looking for dinosaurs! ~ Carol Butler



Genois Wilson, Firefighter:
She Dared to be First

“My children were so inspired by the book.”

"I love the book."

“The illustrations bring the story to life.”

"It’s a book of firsts by a first rate, first-time storyteller.” 

“We are honored that the Allen County Library and the Fort Wayne Community Elementary Schools have  chosen to place a copy of our book in all of their libraries.”


"The book, Genois Wilson, Firefighter:  She Dared to be First  is now reaching the hands of the children it was written to inspire; and it is a book they are excited about and eager to read!  What more could an author . . . an illustrator . . . and the inspiration for the book ask for?  Many thanks to Aryanna, a young writer and future teacher, who took the time to share her thoughts:" 
                                                                        ~ Carol  Butler




Following Footsteps: Aryanna and her little sister
dressed as firefighters.



Dear Grandma, 
     Thank you for making the book.  And I don't really know what I want to be when I grow up because I'm changing my mind.  My favorite part is what do you dare to dream?  Also when Genois becomes a teacher and says that she wants to be a firefireghter instead and she taught the school children how to use a smoke detectors to save lives.  I think this is a great book to inspire kids with their dreams. 
Your grandaughter,


WPTA21 - Ariel Cabot reporting on B&N Book Fair
November 16, 2019

 Book fair raises funds for homeless shelter for single women

The Barnes and Noble Book Fair was organized by St. Joseph Missions, a local group that is working to raise money for the shelter. The authors that were part of the event were Denise Hunter, Colleen C. Mitchell and Carol Butler. 

One of the authors, Carol Butler wrote the book “Genois Wilson, Firefighter: She Dared to Be First,” about the first women firefighter in Fort Wayne.

The book shows how Wilson’s passion and determination lead to incredible success in life. Butler says she was humbled to share the book with the Fort Wayne community and help with the fundraiser. 


A Book Full of Fort Wayne Firsts!

  by Eric Olson March 11, 2013
Eric Olson, INC TV Weekend Anchor interviews author Carol Butler.
Excellent 2 Minute Video
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Artist's Work Becoming
Family Affair

By Eric Olson  April 2, 2013


Teresa Yarbrough:
Artist & Book's Illustrator

Text Excerpt from Video Story

FORT WAYNE, Indiana--Even as a kid Fort Wayne native Teresa Yarbrough was confident about her art work, thanks to her art teacher, Mrs. Porter, at Zion Lutheran grade school.

“I remember her to this day,” Yarbrough recalls. “She really took a genuine interest and told me that…she would constantly say I’m a good artist I can do something with it.”

Making art has always been part of Yarbrough’s life, even more so after 1991 when she started her own business ‘Heart and Soul: Originals and Prints’. Working mostly on commission Yarbrough creates portraits, usually from photographs people send her….her tool of choice an airbrush rather than the usual paintbrush on canvas. The result is portraiture with soft lines and piercing eyes.

Teresa's Story

Yarbrough paints animal portraits as well, she loves exotic animals. But last year her art career made a sharp turn when she illustrated a children’s book on Genois Wilson, Fort Wayne’s first female firefighter. Working on a children’s book she says was a wonderful experience.

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Women in the Fort Wayne Fire Department

Please see the above PBS39 promo video for the planned documentary, "Full Circle, The Story of women in the Fort Wayne Fire Department."
To help PBS39 tell the story of women in the Fort Wayne Fire Department please contact  Corporate Development 260.969.2729
The interest for this documentary was generated as a result of the publishing of the book, "Genois Wilson, Firefighter, She Dared to be First".


  • Arlington Park resident writes first children's book . . .
Author hopes book about Fort Wayne's first woman firefighter inspires children to achieve their goals
                                                                    By Kevin Kilbane of The News-Sentinel
                                                                    Friday, March 22, 2013

              Carol Butler: Author

The inspiration for Carol Butler's first book came from a young woman Butler didn't know she had influenced years earlier. 

Butler hopes the book, “Genois Wilson, Firefighter: She Dared to be First” — the story of the first woman firefighter on the Fort Wayne Fire Department — inspires new generations of children to dream big and overcome obstacles to achieve their goals. 

WANE TV Interview

  • FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Author Carol Butler joined Adam Widener and Nicholas Ferreri on First News Saturday.                  
  • Carol discussed her new book on Genois Wilson's life. Wilson as the first woman firefighter in Fort Wayne.

  • Published : Saturday, 23 Mar 2013, 9:18 AM ED
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NIPR Radio Interview
WBOI Midday Matters

  • March 15, 2013 12:30 PM
  • Hosts Julia Meek and Sarah Delia interview Carol Butler about her book and her other art centric activities in Fort Wayne.  

WBOI 89.1 FM
Midday Matters with
Julia Meek and Sarah Delia

City's First Female Firefighter
Subject of New Children's Book

  • March 13-19, 2013
  • Feature Story: Frost Illustrated
  • "Author inspires children to hold onto goals and ambitions despite setbacks, frustrations"
  • "Oprah Winfrey once said, What God intended for you goes beyond anything you can imagine."
  • See story
A Book Full of
Fort Wayne Firsts!
by Eric Olson

  • March 11, 2013
  • Feature Story: Your Country
  • Eric Olson, INC TV Weekend Anchor interviews Carol Butler (2 Minute Video)
  • "It’s a book of firsts by a first rate, first-time storyteller out in Your Country."
  • Click below to see a 2 minute video.

A Book Full of Fort Wayne Firsts! by Eric Olson
2 Minute Video - Excellent!

Book Reading

October 5, 2017
Fort Valley State University
Macon County Head Start
Oglethorpe, Georgia

  • A book reading  by Carol Butler arranged by Demetria McDonald was provided to the Head Start class of Macon County, Georgia.
  • Mrs. Angela McDonald, FVSU's Macon County Head Start Family Advocate, accepted an autographed copy of the book for the  library. The book was donated courtesy of Genois Wilson Brabson, the woman who dared to be first!
  • The Head Start class and teachers greatly enjoyed the reading.
  • A Photo Album of the event may be viewed here.
    Book Reading

    May 11, 2017
    Kadena Elementary School
    Kadena, Okinawa

    • Fatma Martin suggested that Carol consider reading the book to the Kadena Elementary School children. Kadena ES is a DODEA school on a military base in Okinawa Japan.
    • Benjamin Ayres coordinated the reading and we employed Google Hangouts to implement the 7,300 mile connection.
    • Second and Third Grade classes enjoyed the half way around the world book reading by the author Carol Butler. It was the first time in Kadena Elementary School's history that they had an author "visit" them.
    • The school children enjoyed the book reading and had many questions for the author. They also shared what they "dared to dream."
    • See Photo Album Here.
    Book Reading

    March 27, 2017
    Levan Scott Academy
    Fort Wayne, Indiana


    •   Ms. Amela Mujkic's Kindergarten Class was visited by Genois (Wilson) Brabson and Carol Butler for a book reading and question session.
    • After the book reading, a very attentive class asked some very good questions about firefighting and fire safety.
    • All the class participated in a "Now What Do You Dare to Dream?" that included a coloring exercise.
    2015 Author Fair 
    Allen County Public Library

    November 14, 2015
    Fort Wayne, Indiana  

    • Carol Butler was invited to participate in the Author Fair that is an annual event at the Fort Wayne Allen County Public Library.
    • Carol was one of the authors on a "Keeping it real" panel sharing with a very engaged audience their experiences of  writing non fiction books.
    • It was a very pleasant afternoon spent with other authors, those aspiring to be authors,  and readers of all ages.
    Detroit Book Donation Program
    and Book Reading

    October 27, 2015
    Marcus Garvey Academy

    Detroit, Michigan

    L-R Genois Wilson Brabson, the subject of the book; Deborah L. Winston, Ph.D. Executive Director, Detroit Public Schools Office of Literacy; Carol Butler, Author; Cheryl Bargon, Library Media Tech, Detroit Public Schools; Tom Butler, Carol's husband.
    • The Goal - 70 books for the Detroit Public Schools System.
    • The Response - 14 Individuals / Organizations met the challenge providing all of the funding in less than 30 days.
    • The author, Carol Butler, and the subject of the book, Genois Wilson Brabson were invited to meet with the children of Marcus Garvey Academy.
    • A full day of book readings, special safety presentations by Lt. Theresa Halsell from the Detroit Fire Department, and the honor of answering so many thoughtful questions from the very engaged student body was enjoyed by all.
    • The 70 books were presented to Dr. Deborah Winston,  Executive Director Detroit Public Schools Office of Literacy, and Ms. Cheryl Bargon, Library Media Tech.  They were most appreciative and are going to personally oversee the distribution of the books.

     Governor Pence
    and Indiana Black Expo Honors
    Fort Wayne’s Genois Wilson Brabson

    July 14, 2015
     Indianapolis, Indiana

    • On July 14th Governor Mike Pence in conjunction with the 45th Annual Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration & IBE Business Conference selected Genois Wilson Brabson as this year’s recipient of the Sam Jones Trailblazer Award at the Governor’s Reception held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
    • Top Left (L-R) - Gregory Wilson, IBE Board Chairman; Karen Pence, Indiana First Lady; Genois Wilson Brabson; Governor Mike Pence; Tanya Bell, IBE President & CEO
    • Center - Genois Wilson Recipient
    • Right - Sam Jones Trailblazer Award 
    • Bottom Left - Governor Mike Pence; Karen Pence, Indiana First Lady; Genois Wilson Brabson, Recipient

     Canterbury School Book Reading
    Bistro Luncheon

     April 15-16, 2015
     Fort Wayne, Indiana


    • Top - Canterbury School Students
    • Bottom Left - Ana McNabb, Canterbury Teacher and Artist with Carol Butler
    • Bottom Center - Women of the Book:  Teresa Yarbrough, Illustrator; Condra Ridley, Official Reader; Carol Butler, Author, Genois Wilson Brabson, Inspiration.
    • Bottom Right -Genois Wilson Firefighter Women with Nancy Stewart
    Jefferson Elementary School
    Book Reading

    March 12, 2015
    Jefferson, Georgia

    The visit to Jefferson Elementary School in Jefferson, GA was extra special since I was born there. Thanks to Mary Burley, retired JES kindergarten teacher (and my beautiful cousin!), Principal Annette Beckwith, Media Center teacher Karen Coleman, and to the very attentive 100+ Pre-K students for making our visit so special!

     Bank Street Bookstore
    Story Time and Book Signing


    October 4, 2014

    Bank Street Bookstore
    New York City, NY

    • FEATURED BOOK: Genois Wilson, Firefighter, She Dared to be First
    • SPECIAL THANKS: Thanks to all the Bank Street Bookstore friends who stopped by to hear the inspiring story of how Genois Wilson Brabson became the first woman firefighter in Fort Wayne, Indiana and one of the first women firefighters in the United States.  Everyone seemed to enjoy hearing Carol Butler read the book and of course, the Seyfert potato chips were a huge and unexpected treat! We now know why the Bank Street Bookstore is "NY's Best Bookstore For & About Children!"
    • WHERE: Bank Street Bookstore, 2879 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 (Corner of W. 112th Street and Broadway)
    Little Library Program
    Book Donations

    June 21, 2014
    Fort Wayne, IN


    Potomac Yard Barnes & Noble
    Story Time and Book Signing

    March 30, 2014
    Pot0mac Yard
    Alexandria, VA
    • Parents and children gathered to hear the book Genois Wilson, Firefighter, She Dared to be First read by the author, Carol Butler in a beautiful book nook.
    • The Barnes and Noble children's department manager, Susan, most graciously facilitated the book reading.
    • The children were very attentive and some of them even helped Carol read the book by displaying the pictures.  
    • They were treated with real Seyfert's  Potato Chips that are mentioned in the book as a Fort Wayne favorite.
    • WHERE: Barnes & Noble, Potomac Yard, 3651 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22305
    More Info including directions: Potomac Barnes & Noble 

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    Friendship Women’s History Month
    Story Time & Book Signing

    March 29, 2014
    Friendship Firehouse
    Alexandria, VA


    • Special Day at a Special Firehouse with the author Carol Butler and her book, Genois Wilson, Firefighter, She Dared to be First.
    • Presented by the Friendship Firehouse Museum and community partner Hooray for Books!
    • The day included a reading of the book in this spectacular historic setting, samples of the book's referenced Seyfert's Potato chips, and a tour of the entire firehouse.
    • Thanks to Ellen from Hooray for Books and Catherine from the Friendship Firehouse Museum for hosting the event.
    • WHERE: Friendship Firehouse 107 S Alfred St, Alexandria, VA 22314
    • Photo Album: Here
    Allen County Public Library Book Signing

    March 18, 2014
    Pontiac Branch Library

    Fort Wayne, Indiana

    • Great friends, good food, and a special story telling by Condra Ridley.
    • Army Burks, Eualeen Chapman, Chief Condra Ridley, and Lolita Young created beautiful, delicious cakes for the celebration!
    • Genois, as always, had a great time meeting admirers and supporters.

    Book On City's First Female Firefighter Still Making An Impact (VIDEO)  By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

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    Allen County Public Library Authors Fair

    November 9, 2013
    Fort Wayne, Indiana

    • The weekend was a huge success!
    • The Allen County Public Library's Author Fair on Saturday was a great time to meet other authors, including Michael Martone, the "Fort Wayne" author. 
    • Genois had a great time meeting admirers and supporters.
    • Teresa showed off her second book of illustrations for author J.J. Foster.
    • All three of them were together long enough to ask Tom take a new photo!

    August 27, 2013

    Fort Wayne's First Woman Firefighter, 
    Genois Wilson Brabson, 
    Fort Wayne's First Woman Fire Chief,
    Chief Amy Biggs, on the First Anniversary
    of Her Appointment

    •   View Slide Show Here
    • Fort Wayne; The Journal Gazette: "Gratitude expressed for leading way" by  Jeff Wiehe View Article Here
    • Fort Wayne; News-Sentinel: "City's first woman firefighter salutes city's first woman fire chief Fire Chief Amy Biggs recently completed her first year in the job" By Kevin Kilbane  View Article Here
    • Fort Wayne; News-Sentinel: "WFWA hopes to produce documentary about women on the Fort Wayne Fire Department" By Kevin Kilbane View Article Here

    June 2013
    Alexandria, VA
    Branch Library

    Authors Fair
    April 2013
     Fort Wayne Community Elementary 
            Schools Librarians Meeting     

    Elementary School Librarians from Fort Wayne Community Schools gathered on April 17th at Bunche Montessori School to select and review new books for their school's library.  The book, Genois Wilson, Firefighter: She Dared to be First was selected as a new volume for each of the 34 schools.  Teresa Yarbrough, Genois Wilson, and Carol Butler met with the librarians and Condra Ridley read the book to 81 Bunche Kindergartners and to the librarians.

    About Bunche Montessori             Library Pictures courtesy of  Teresa Yarbrough

    Fort Wayne Urban League After School Academy

    Thursday, March 28, 2013
    • Meet the author, artist, and the inspiration for the book. 
    • Book Reading for Youth, Parents & Community Members by Chief Condra Ridley.
    • Free Stickers and Coloring Books Courtesy of the Fort Wayne Fire Department

    Fort Wayne Urban League After School Academy

    Book Signing
    Allen County Public Library

    • Sat., March 23, 2013
    • 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    • Meet the author, artist, and the inspiration for the book.
    • Book Reading                           - 4:30 Carol Butler                   - 5:30 Condra Ridley
      Allen County Public Library


      Pictures courtesy of Ray Steup.

      Genois Wilson Brabson

      Meet the Author
      and Book Signing
      Zeta Luncheon

      DATE & TIME
      • Sat., March 23, 2013
      • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

      Press Conference
      Weisser Park Rec Center

      • Tues., March 19, 2013
      • Fort Wayne, IN
      • Meet the author, artist, and the inspiration for the book.
      • Book Reading by Condra Ridley

      Weisser Park Rec Center

      Quotable Quote
        "I thought it was going to be another history textbook but it had a really good story line!" :  A comment from one of the most talented, smart, confident kids I have ever met. ~ Carol Butler.

      Chief Condra Ridley: Storyteller

      Mayoral Proclamation:
      Fort Wayne Women's
      History Month
      Day of Firsts

      A Meeting of Firsts
      and First Times

      • First Time Children Book Illustrator: Teresa Yarbrough
      • First FW Female Firefighter: Genois Wilson Brabson (1975)
      • First FW Female Fire Chief: Amy Biggs (2012)
      • First Time Author: Carol Butler

      An Historic Meeting
      • First Fort Wayne Female Firefighter: Genois Wilson Brabson (1975)
      • First Fort Wayne Female Fire Chief: Amy Biggs (2012)

      Photo Album

      • Captain Dave Meadows, Fire Safety Education
      • Richard Ridley Jr., First Fort Wayne African-American Firefighter (Retired)
      • Genois Wilson Brabson, First Fort Wayne Female Firefighter (1975) (Retired)
      • Teresa Yarbrough, First Time Children Book Illustrator
      • Carol Butler, First Time Author
      • David Botas, Firefighter
      • Amy Biggs, First Fort Wayne Female Fire Chief (2012)
      • Captain Craig Mueller
      • Johnny Sierra, Firefighter
      • Craig Emenhiser, Firefighter

      • • Carol's newest book is NOW available!   


      • • Click here  to see her new book.


      Donate a book or two to your favorite school, club, church, or any non-profit organization.
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