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Boston Fire Chief Steve Abraira resigns, citing bomb criticism

2:23 PM, Jun 3, 2013   |    comments
In this Nov. 16, 2011 photo, Boston Fire Chief Steve Abraira poses for a photo at a fire station in Boston. (Photo: Mark Garfinkel, AP)
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BOSTON (AP) - Boston's fire chief announced his resignation Monday, 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 an April letter that Abraira's failure to take command of the bombing scene was indefensible and part of a pattern of shirking leadership.

"You can unequivocally consider this letter a vote of no confidence in Chief Abraira," said the letter, which was first reported by The Boston Globe.

Abraira has said his command staff had the bombing scene under control and he acted according to national standards, which dictate the chief takes charge only if something's going wrong.

In his resignation letter, he wrote, "The baseless attacks by the Deputy Chiefs, especially their actions of making this a matter of public debate by leaking their letter of April 26th to the press, has made it impossible for me to continue to do my job."

He said he never had support from "a number" of department members because he was hired from outside the department in 2011.

Abraira was the first Boston fire chief hired from outside the department's own union.

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