UPDATE: Firefighter Dies Following Ice Bucket Challenge in Kentucky

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email
Campbellsville Fire Capt. Tony Grider died Saturday after being injured on Aug. 21.

Courtesy: WAVE

UPDATE 9/22/14
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Funeral arrangements have been finalized for a central Kentucky firefighter who died a month after being injured in an "ice bucket challenge" when a power line shocked him and another man.

Campbellsville Fire Capt. Tony Grider died Saturday after being injured on Aug. 21 when he and 22-year-old firefighter Simon Quinn dumped water on Campbellsville University's marching band in a charity stunt to raise awareness for the disease ALS. They were on the fire truck's ladder when it got too close to a high-voltage power line that energized it.

A visitation will be held Tuesday at Columbia Christian Church and the funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the church.

Quinn was released from the hospital Sept. 15.



UPDATE 8/21/14 @ 5:36 p.m.
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ/WKYT) -- Two Taylor County Firefighters were seriously injured Thursday while helping the Campbellsville University band take part in an ALS ice bucket challenge.

Our sister station, WKYT, reports that Tony Grider, 41, and a 16-year veteran of the department, and Simon Quinn, 22, a part time firefighter, were the two that were seriously injured.

Police say the two men were in the bucket, operating the water nozzle for the challenge.

They say after the event, firefighters were moving the apparatus when a power arc occurred near the power lines, striking Grider and Quinn.

The ladder apparatus did not hit the power lines, as initially reported.

Two other firefighters, Steve Marrs, 37, an 11-year veteran, and Alex Johnson, 28, who had been a firefighter for three years, were also injured. They were treated and released from a local hospital.

Grider and Quinn are being treated at a Louisville hospital. Grider is in critical condition. Police say Quinn's condition may be improving.

No students were injured.

A prayer vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Strapp Lawn on the Campbellsville University campus.



UPDATE 8/21/14 @ 4:16 p.m.
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ/WAVE) -- Four firefighters with the Campbellsville Fire Department were shocked Thursday, while helping with an ALS ice bucket challenge at Campbellsville University in Kentucky.

It happened just before noon.

According to the NBC Affiliate in Louisville, two of the firefighters are being treated and will be released from the hospital Thursday. The other two firefighters were transported to a Lousville hospital. One of them is in critical condition. The other is in fair condition.

Sources say the fire truck's aerial basket touched power lines. Power went out across a wide portion of the area.

A prayer service is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Campbellsville University.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,600 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master's degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs.

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ORIGINAL STORY 8/21/14 @ 2: 48 p.m.
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ/WAVE) -- Four firefighters were injured Thursday while helping Cambellsville University's band with an ALS ice bucket challenge.

According to a statement from school officials, two Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department firefighters were seriously injured. According to our NBC affiliate in Louisville, one was flown to a Louisville hospital.

The incident happened around 12 p.m. right outside the university's football and baseball facilities.

The firefighters were in a ladder truck above the students participating in the ice bucket challenge when the firefighters came in contact with an electrical line, according to the Kentucky Public Service Commission.

WAVE reports sources say the incident happened when a fire truck's ladder touched power lines. A power outage was also reported in the area at the time.

A press conference is scheduled for 5 p.m.

The campus's Baptist Campus Ministry is holding a time of prayer at 7 p.m. on Stapp Lawn.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,600 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master's degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs.

“We express heartfelt sympathy and prayers for the families of the two firefighters who were injured,” Dr. Michael V. Carter, president, said in a statement on the school's website.

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