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Embattled Boston Fire Chief Quits

June 3, 2013

Embattled Boston Fire Chief Steve Abraira -- the highest-ranking brass ever hired from outside the department -- is stepping down, officials said today.

"Chief Abraira is resigning effective Friday," Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser said this morning.

Abraira has come under fire from his underlings after he refused to take charge at the Boston Marathon bombing scene. As first reported by the Herald, 13 deputy chiefs signed a letter in April blasting Abraira for not taking command at the April 15 bombing, as well as at other major fires.

Abraira has said he followed national standards and that his deputies had the bombing scene under control. The city's response to the deadly terror attacks has been hailed by state and national officials.

Source: (c)2013 the Boston Herald Distributed by MCT Information Services

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