Fire Equipment Dispatcher Rodney Edwards
St. Louis Fire Department
The Division of Fire Safety salutes the service of Fire Equipment Dispatcher Rodney Edwards of the St. Louis Fire Department. Rodney’s story of hard work, resourcefulness and perseverance is an inspiration to all. In 2007, Rodney lost his job and his home and wound up living in a dilapidated abandoned home. He was estranged from his family. He would remain homeless for two years, but he never gave up.
Rodney applied for and received a grant to attend St. Louis Community College – Forest Park. He showered, shaved and brushed his teeth at the school gym – and made the dean’s list.
Rodney entered an EMT program and got a job with the Northeast Ambulance and Fire Protection District. He continued his studies and earned an Emergency Medical Dispatch certificate in 2012. He later got a job with the St. Louis Fire Department as an emergency medical services dispatcher and then was promoted to fire equipment dispatcher in late 2017.
“It’s an honor to wear this uniform,” Edwards told KMOV-TV. “They saw I had drive and I had hustle, and I believed in the culture and the core values of the fire department.”
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