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Boston fire chief threatens to sue deputies

Calls criticisms defamatory

Boston Fire Chief Steve E. ­Abraira, facing sharp criticism from his command staff over his management style and his response to the Boston Marathon bombings, is threatening to sue his deputy chiefs if they continue launching what his lawyer calls defamatory ­attacks.

In a letter sent to the deputies last week and obtained by the Globe, Abraira’s lawyer, Louis M. Ciavarra, referred to an earlier letter critical of Abraira that 13 deputy chiefs sent April 26 to Mayor Thomas M. ­Menino. The deputies wrote that the fire chief showed no leadership after the bombings and has acted as a spectator at major fire scenes, instead of taking command, as his predecessors did.

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