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Feds look into racist letter sent to North Tonawanda firefighter

Federal prosecutors are looking into a racist and threatening letter sent to North Tonawanda’s only black firefighter.

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said the letter is being reviewed but declined to comment on what possible crimes may have been committed by the unknown author.

“The public should know that we take all such incidents extremely seriously," Hochul said in a statement Wednesday.

Hochul’s comments came just two days after the firefighter, Kenneth Walker, a volunteer with Gratwick Hose, discovered the letter in his mailbox and handed it over to local police and the FBI.

The letter, according to North Tonawanda Fire Chief Joseph Sikora, includes the “N-word” and urges Walker to resign his job.

Sikora, who said he was “appalled” by the letter, said it is being taken seriously because of recent threats against law enforcement across the country.

North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas also condemned the letter and said the city will “not tolerate this type of behavior in our community.”

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