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Bellingham teacher-turned-firefighter found her passion at 35

Rebecca Pederson gained a ‘second family’ in peers

Rebecca Pederson donning on her firefighter gear and posing inbetween two firetrucks.
Rebecca Pederson became a firefighter with the Bellingham Fire Department about three years ago after a 13-year teaching career. Pederson found the job change "checked boxes she didn't know existed," and she's made close connections with her fellow firefighters. During their 24-hour shifts, they often make meals together, play pickleball and cards, and sit around a campfire in between calls. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
By Audra Anderson Assistant Editor
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