Firefighter charged in drug theft opens up about addiction

Paul Rynearson stole painkillers from the fire station twice and is now undergoing treatment and counseling

Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM, Wash. — As far as the courts are concerned, Paul Rynearson owes Clallam County Fire District No. 3 just $9.42.

But his addiction to narcotic painkillers has cost him much more. After being accused of stealing morphine from the Fire District 3 station in Sequim, Rynearson said he will not be able to renew his license to work as a firefighter/paramedic and will never be able to work in the field again.

“[The addiction] just reared its ugly head, and those are the repercussions of it,” Rynearson said Friday.

Full story: Former Clallam firefighter/paramedic steeped in treatment, counseling in wake of drug theft charges

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