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Boston Fire Chief Resigns Amid Marathon Bombing Criticism

Image: Boston Fire Chief Resigns Amid Marathon Bombing Criticism Boston Fire Chief Steve Abraira.

By Newsmax Wires   |   Tuesday, 04 Jun 2013 08:10 AM

Boston's fire chief announced Monday he is resigning, amid backlash from deputies regarding how he handled the marathon bombings.

Chief Steve Abraira said his resignation is effective Friday in a letter released yesterday, The Associated Press reported.

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Thirteen Boston deputies complained to Mayor Tom Menino in a letter that Abraira's failure to take command of the bombing scene was indefensible and part of a pattern of shirking leadership.

Abraira says those "baseless attacks" in Boston compelled him to step down. He says they have made it impossible for him to do his job.

The fire chief says his command staff had control of the bombing scene and he acted appropriately.

Abraira says he had difficulty getting support in the department because was hired from the outside in 2011.

Deputy Chief John Hasson has been named acting chief. He's among those who signed the April letter.

Abraira, the city's first Hispanic chief, was also the first hired from outside the department's own union. He previously led the Dallas department and was an assistant chief in Miami.

Abraira thanked Menino and Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser for their backing. Fraser had expressed confidence in his entire command staff, including Abraira. And a Menino spokeswoman had said the mayor had "full confidence in Commissioner Fraser to do what's best for the department," including his personnel decisions.

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