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Saying he smelled a “cover-up,” an ex-firefighter confronted department brass about its handling of a “strangling” incident on the job.

The ex-firefighter, Cliff Petteway, was tossed off the city firefighting force a few years ago after allegedly thrusting his finger at the former chief’s chest and making a personal threat (a charge he denied). Tuesday, he returned to fire headquarters to find out why he appears to be the only firefighter ever disciplined by the city’s so-called “zero tolerance” policy on workplace violence.

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