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Upstate fire chief ticketed after fight during HS football game

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - The Abbeville fire chief was issued a ticket for disorderly conduct after a fight in the bleachers during the Woodruff High School versus Abbeville High School football game on Aug. 30.

According to an incident report, Chief Neal Dickenson and several others were involved in a verbal altercation that turned into a fight in the stands on the Abbeville side of the field.

Six officers responded to the fight, and according to the report one officer was injured when he tried to break up the fight.

There were conflicting reports between the two sides "but all parties contributed to a disorderly situation that endangered all fans sitting in the immediate area," the report said.

According to the report, Dickenson was issued a ticket for disorderly conduct.

John Lawton and Christopher Lawton were also issued tickets for disorderly conduct, according to the report.

Abbeville City Manager David McCuen issued a statement saying: "I've been made aware of an incident occurring on Aug. 30, 2013, among several individuals, including Chief Dickenson.  City administration is reviewing the incident and has been in communication with the Spartanburg County sheriff's department. We consider this a personnel matter, therefore we are unable to discuss further as it is the practice of the City of Abbeville not to discuss personnel matters."

McCuen said he could not comment on the status of Dickenson's employment.

Dickenson has been the Abbeville fire chief for one year.

Dickenson's attorney, Candice Lapham, said, "This whole thing seems to be blown out of proportion. We've received 12 statements from witnesses that indicate the chief was the victim in this situation. We are fully cooperating with the investigation. The chief has been a faithful servant to Abbeville and will continue to do so in the future."

Lapham said the other two people who were ticketed were intoxicated and lunged over, picked up Dickenson and put him in a choke hold so he couldn't breathe.

She said she is not sure what led to this, because everyone involved was cheering for the same team.

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