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Pinellas Park paramedic accused of selling prescription pills resigns

PINELLAS PARK — A firefighter and SWAT paramedic accused of selling prescription drugs resigned his job late Wednesday, city officials said.

James A. Comer, 38, of Largo was arrested Saturday on 16 counts of dealing or possessing drugs. He had his medical license suspended and was placed on paid leave, pending the outcome of the criminal investigation. But late Wednesday, the city received a handwritten resignation, Pinellas Park spokesman Tim Caddell said.

Comer also worked part-time in the emergency room at Northside Hospital. Narcotics deputies arrested him in the parking lot after receiving a tip. Officials said Comer had about 184 prescription pills, including OxyContin, morphine and hydromorphone.

He was charged with eight counts of the sale of a controlled substance and eight counts of possession of a controlled substance. Comer was taken to the Pinellas County Jail, where he remained Wednesday.

Pinellas Park paramedic accused of selling prescription pills resigns 07/16/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 17, 2014 2:10pm]
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