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UPDATE: DE firefighters brawl at burn camp softball tournament. Captain’s wife accused of breaking nose of neighboring chief. Watch animation of the incident.

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It’s pretty obvious this is not the kind of headline you want from a charity event. DelmarvaNow.com reports it was a wild scene Saturday night at the Seaford Fire Department Burn Camp Softball Tournament in Seaford, Delaware. According to the paper, Dagsboro Fire Department Captain Brandon Blades and his wife Cameo “were the aggressors” and are the only two charged after the fight broke out. He has been accused of disorderly conduct and had a blood alcohol level of 0.151. She has also been charged with disorderly conduct and third-degree assault.

The assault stems from witness accounts that she ran accross the field and struck a man from behind. The man has been identified by the paper as Brad Speakman, the Port Penn fire chief. Speakman suffered a broken nose and may require plastic surgery.

Besides all the obvious concerns of something like this happening, this is a reminder that there is no such thing as “local news” anymore. Any news can now be viewed worldwide.  This incident even became fodder for the animators at TOMO News (below).


Cris Barrish, DelmarvaNow.com:

The fight broke out near one dugout at about 6 p.m. Saturday at the Jay’s Nest sports complex on North Market Street, site of the annual charity event in Sussex County.

“We’re not comfortable having this kind of behavior at our event,” (Seaford FD representative Ron) Marvel said of the fight.

At least four officers arrived to find several people fighting and arguing, the arrest affidavit said. Witnesses told officers Brandon Blades had instigated the fight and his wife punched Speakman. One witness told officers someone also put Cameo Blades in a headlock and threw her to the ground.

While officers conducted interviews, the crowd became disorderly, so Blades and his wife were taken to the police station, the affidavit said.

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