Kentucky Firefighter Electrocuted After ‘Ice Bucket’ Challenge…Critical But Alive

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A Campbellsville Fire Department truck with the ladder extended remained at the scene where two firefighters were injured during an ice bucket challenge during a fundraiser for ALS on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Campbellsville, Ky. Officials say the ladder got too close to a power line and electricity traveled to the ladder, electrocuting the firefighters


*Warning, beware of your immediate surroundings when attempting the now famous, “Ice Bucket Challenge” – a Lou Gehrig’s disease charity that dares celebrities to douse themselves in ice cold water. The charity, raises funds to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and has raised millions after going viral. But in an ironic twist, 27-year-old Corey Griffin, a co-founder of the challenge, was laid to rest on Thursday after he drowned in a Nantucket diving accident. Now comes a snafu with a group of Kentucky firefighters, one of which was in critical condition Friday, a day after he and three others were injured after an aerial ladder got too close to a power line when their department doused a university band with water in the “ice bucket” fundraiser.

Captain Tony Grider, 41, and firefighter Simon Quinn, 22, from the Campbellsville Fire Department sustained electrocution injuries Thursday morning in a ladder bucket and two other firefighters were hurt coming to their aid, officials said.

Grider was listed in critical condition Friday at University of Louisville Hospital and Quinn as stable, the hospital said.

The men were shocked as they were lowered in the bucket after pouring water on the Campbellsville University band during the “ice bucket” challenge, according to a statement by the Campbellsville police.

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“Preliminary investigation information suggests they crossed the ‘electric energy thresh hold’ of an overhead power line, causing an ‘electric arc’ to strike both firemen,” police said.

Two other firefighters were treated for lesser injuries after electrical current traveled down the extended ladder when they went to help Grider and Quinn, police said.

Campbellsville University held a prayer vigil Thursday night for the firefighters.

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