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Ohio city's first black fire chief recalls weight of 9/11 on duty

After completing 2 5-year terms, beginning six months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, Columbus Chief Ned Pettus Jr. is retiring


By Theodore Decker
The Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was an unsettling time to take the helm of a major metropolitan fire department.

When Ned Pettus Jr. became chief of the Columbus Division of Fire six months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, he joined chiefs in other big cities in wondering: What would we do?

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