As the founder and first aid instructor with THE CPR GALS, Jeanie Edwards leverages her expertise in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, disaster preparedness, and crisis response to offer training and educational services. She books classes, conducts fundraisers, teaches courses, educates and engages with communities, and coordinates with pet rescue groups and humanitarian organizations. For more than two decades, Miss Edwards was proud to serve as an emergency medical technician (EMT). She is gratified by her volunteerism in the aftermaths of disasters, including hurricanes and wildfires, where her EMT experience has been invaluable. Carrying with her a legacy of giving back to society instilled in her by her grandparents, Miss Edwards is thankful for the opportunity to help individuals, families, and communities through her work. Since 1999, she has been a CPR and first aid instructor with the American Red Cross.
After earning an associate degree from Pasadena City College in California, Miss Edwards pursued professional certifications to bolster her credentials. She is certified in pet CPR, remote first aid and first aid as well as in adult, child, and infant CPR. Recognized as a Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian and featured in the Marquis Who’s Who Millennium Magazine, Miss Edwards has maintained her community involvement as a board member of the Kiwanis Club of Pasadena. She credits her deep Christian faith, as well as the influence of her maternal grandparents, as the foundations of her success. To aspiring emergency medicine professionals, Miss Edwards advises them to study hard, surround themselves with active professionals in the field, and have a thick skin.
Miss Edwards is working to establish herself in Morgantown, West Virginia, after moving cross-country from Pasadena, California. She lives her life striving to be the most helpful she can be and setting a good example for others. Through her work, she hopes to raise public awareness about fire safety and rescue operations. Miss Edwards refuses to lower her standards and follow the trend of streamlined online certification programs. She knows that sharing her knowledge is literally a matter of life and death and takes that responsibility seriously. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with and caring for animals, visiting mountain regions, knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, and needlepoint.