Vigil held for firefighters injured in Campbellsville 'ice bucket challenge'

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - It was supposed to be a fun way to raise money for a good cause, but an "Ice Bucket Challenge" went wrong in Campbellsville Thursday, injuring four firefighters.

Two Taylor County firefighters were seriously injured while helping the Campbellsville University band take part in the challenge.

Thursday evening, hundreds of people attended a vigil for those firefighters. Those who attended say they expected such a large turnout, knowing the firefighters were helping the university.

"They're heroes, what they do is completely heroic, they put their life on the line every day, it was a simple day, just helping some of the band students do a ALS water challenge and god had a different plan," one student said.

In a news conference on Thursday afternoon, Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette identified the most seriously injured firefighters as Tony Grider, 41, and Alex Quinn, 22. Grider is a 16-year veteran of the department. Quinn is a part-time firefighter.

"We express heartfelt sympathy and prayers for the families of the two firefighters who were injured," said Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University.

According to police, Grider and Quinn were in the bucket operating the water nozzle for the water challenge. Police say, at the conclusion of the event, firefighters were moving the apparatus when a power arc occurred with the nearby power lines, striking Grider and Quinn. The ladder apparatus did not hit the power lines. Two other firefighters, Steve Marrs, 37, and Alex Johnson, 28, were able to bring the apparatus to the ground. Marrs has been a firefighter for 11 years, Johnson for three years.

Marrs and Johnson were treated and released at a local hospital. Grider and Quinn are being treated at University Hospital in Louisville. Officials at the hospital say Grider is in critical condition, but Quinn has been upgraded from serious to fair.

Through its Twitter account, Campbellsville University says no students were injured.

The ice bucket challenge is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone's head to raise awareness and money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

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