Firefighters electrocuted when ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ turns tragic

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Credit: Tyler Arterburn

Four Campbellsville firefighters were injured Thursday while they were spraying the Campbellsville University marching band with water for a group version of the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge.”

The accident happened on one of the campus athletic fields when a fire truck’s ladder came dangerously close to a power line, according to local news affiliate WHAS11.

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WHAS11 reported:

Two of the firefighters, 41-year-old Tony Grider and 22-year-old Simon Quinn, were airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital. Grider, a 16-year veteran of the department, was listed in critical condition and Quinn, a part-time firefighter, was upgraded from serious to fair condition. Both are being treated at the University of Louisville Medical Center Burn Unit.

The other two injured, Steve Marrs and Alex Johnson, were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital. Marrs, 37, has been with the department for 11 years, and Johnson, 28, has been there three years.

At a vigil, held on campus Thursday evening, the town came together in prayer.

“We’re a close-knit community here,” Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young said. “We care about each other. We are always trying to do whatever we can to assist the other. That is what we were trying to do today.”



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