Sanderson is the daughter of Frances Sanderson of Cleveland.
Frances was a nurse, but when Kimberly decided to be a paramedic, the mom decided to join her daughter in the EMT class. The mom became an EMT-intermediate, while the daughter became a paramedic.
Kimberly credits her mother as her inspiration for getting into the paramedic field. She has a brother, Don Petteway of Georgia, who also followed his mom and sister to become an EMT-intermediate.
To maintain her status as a Nationally Registered EMT, Kimberly completed, on a biennial basis, a comprehensive recertification program for emergency medical technicians. She not only completed courses to refresh her fundamental knowledge and skills but also attended a minimum of two hours per month of additional continuing education courses to advance knowledge on new lifesaving skills.
Kimberly is a critical care and flight paramedic. She works with the Pafford Ambulance Service in Rustin, La. She is also a pilot with her own airplane.
In her years in the emergency medical services, Kimberly has also served as an ems and a Red Cross instructor. She also has taught at Delta Community College in Monroe, La., and at Delta Vocational School in West Monroe.
Kimberly was the first emergency service expert in her area of Louisiana to receive Automated External Defibrillator training and the first in her area to receive Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support training.
She studied critical care training at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.