Family of firefighters injured in ALS challenge say 'thank you' to community

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. - (WKYT) - Last week, four firefighters were injured in an ice bucket challenge that went wrong at Campbellsville University and now their families want to say thank you for the support the community has shown.

On Thursday, a week after the incident, two of those Campbellsville firefighters are still in a Louisville hospital.

Ever since last week's incident, the community, hospitals and emergency personnel have rallied around the firefighters and their families.

Now, the families want to say thank you.

Captain Tony Grider's wife and sister along with firefighter Alex Quinn's mother addressed the media Thursday to express their gratitude.

"I just wanted to tell everybody I greatly, greatly, greatly appreciate all their support, prayers, whatever, even their thoughts, whatever they're doing for us, I just don't have enough words to express how grateful I am," said Capt. Grider’s wife, Gena.

The four Campbellsville fire firefighters were injured after being shocked by a power line following an ALS challenge at Campbellsville University.

They had just finished pouring ice water onto the school's marching band when an electrical current from a nearby power line arched, hitting them.

Captain Grider suffered the most serious injuries he remains in critical condition under a medically induced coma.

“My brother would be so surprised that so much support has been shown, but, he was always one of those people that always gave, so he would be proud to be the recipient,” said Capt. Grider’s sister, Tammy.

Firefighter Quinn, who was also hospitalized, has been upgraded to fair condition.

His ability to walk is beginning to come back along with his appetite.
"A meat lover’s pizza. That’s the first thing he said that he wanted was a meat lover’s pizza," said Holly Quinn, Alex’s Quinn’s mother.

Firefighter Quinn hopes to be able to visit his captain sometime over the next few days.

The other two firefighters injured in the incident were treated and released from the hospital last Thursday.


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