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Boston fire chief resigns, cites criticism

Boston fire chief resigns, cites criticism

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BOSTON (AP) — Boston's fire chief has resigned, saying public criticism from his deputies for the way he responded to the marathon bombings has made it impossible for him to do his job.

In a letter dated Monday, Chief Steve Abraira said his resignation is effective Friday.

Thirteen 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.

He said those "baseless attacks" compelled him to step down.

Abraira said his command staff had control of the bombing scene and he'd acted appropriately.

Abraira thanked Menino and Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser for their backing. He said he never had support from "a number" of department members because he was hired from outside the department in 2011.

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