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"Genois Wilson Firefighter" by Carol Butler
When author Carol Butler decided to write her first children's book, she wanted to motivate kids to "dare to dream" through the story of Genois Wilson. Genois was the first woman firefighter in the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana, when she graduated from the Fire Academy in 1979. Carol's book, "Genois Wilson, Firefighter: She Dared to Be First," is the inspirational story of Genois' life and career.
The book is illustrated by Teresa Yarbrough, the daughter of the first African American firefighter in the city of Fort Wayne.
In this photo are (left to right), illustrator Teresa Yarbrough, firefighter Genois Wilson, and author Carol Butler posing at the Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum.
Carol writes that "Genois and her family found a very busy city when they arrived in Fort Wayne, Indiana. There were many factories and businesses going strong. Men and women workers made TVs, trucks, wire used in electrical motors, and the very best potato chips: Seyfert's." Come meet Genois Wilson and enjoy Carol's reading of "Genois Wilson, Firefighter" -- AND a bag of Seyfert's potato chips on Sunday, October 5 at 2:30 p.m. at Bank Street Bookstore.