Ohio fire chief ousted after 25 years to appeal

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HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) -- A southwest Ohio fire chief terminated after 25 years pledges to fight the decision that riled supporters so much that extra police were called in.

Fairfield Township's David Downie tells The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/ILTT6K ) that the trustees' decision Tuesday night was ridiculous and an effort to take out a strong leader they can't control. Among other things, Downie was accused of insubordination after heated verbal outbursts with two township officials.

Downie could appeal to a Butler County court.

Meanwhile, police are investigating angry reactions by spectators at the trustee meeting. A trustee says he and others were threatened. Extra police were called in to calm and disperse the crowd.

Fairfield Township is a fast-growing community of more than 21,000 people near Hamilton.

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