SPOKANE, Wash. -

 A Spokane firefighter is contesting a disciplinary suspension he received after being charged with assaulting a patient.
   According to a city discipline letter, Capt. Greg Borg threw a patient to the ground in June after the patient spat and swore at him.
   Law enforcement officials charged Borg with misdemeanor assault, but a judge dismissed the charge after Borg agreed to pay a $75 fee and to participate in an anger management program.
   The Spokesman-Review reports that Borg later received a three-shift suspension without pay.
   Borg's written account of the incident says he found the patient asleep on sidewalk near open beer cans. Borg -- who was completing a 48-hour shift -- says he pushed the patient on the ground after the patient refused to stop swearing and spitting at him.
   City officials called Borg's actions unacceptable.
   Borg's grievance will be reviewed by the city mayor.