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Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt



CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Two firefighters in a fire truck bucket were seriously injured when they got too close to a power line after helping college students take part in an ice bucket challenge, police said Thursday.

The firefighters had just finished dousing cold water on the Campbellsville University marching band when they were shocked by electricity. One was in critical condition and the other was stable, Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said.

Two other firefighters on the main part of the truck were shocked when the bucket was being lowered. They have been treated and released.

No students were hurt.

"A number of our students, of course, the entire marching band, witnessed the event and so we're concerned about them and the tragedy of this accident," university president Michael Carter told WHAS-TV.

Power was knocked out for about an hour to 4,500 customers, including the school, said Natasha Collins, a spokeswoman for Kentucky Utilities, which owns the line. The Public Service Commission will investigate whether the line had the correct clearance from the ground, trees and structures, said Andrew Melnykovich, a spokesman for the state Public Service Commission.

The police chief said the ladder never touched the line, but it carried such a high voltage, someone nearby could be shocked.

The ice bucket challenge has been sweeping social media websites. The ALS Association said it has raised more than $41 million.

Police said Capt. Tony Grider, 41, and Simon A. Quinn, 22, were in the fire truck bucket. Grider, a 16-year veteran of the department, was in critical condition at the University of Louisville Medical Center Burn Unit. Quinn, a part-time firefighter, was in stable condition there.

Firefighter Keith Bricken, who has worked with Grider for about three years, said he was a tough firefighter who trained colleagues.

"He's real outgoing. He loves to help in any way he can," Bricken said.

Also injured was Capt. Steve Marrs, 37, who has been with the department for 11 years, and Alex Johnson, 28, who has been there three years.

Campbellsville University, a private college, is a Christian institution that has about 3,600 students, according to its website. It is about 65 miles south of Louisville.

A prayer vigil was to be held on campus Thursday night.

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jacobsgold August 22 2014 at 1:00 AM

So is this ice bucket crap the new stupid waste of time?

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rraschle August 22 2014 at 2:14 AM

misuse of public property.. shame on the chief for allowing this. dam asses

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darinw40 rraschle August 22 2014 at 5:52 AM

its just an unfortunate accident , besides, the pumps probably needed exercising and hydrants needed flushing anyway...crawl back under your
rock mr watchdog, as they do not work directly for you

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John Roberson August 21 2014 at 11:46 PM

guess someone had to be hurt eventually with this fad to collect money for a charity. Hope it is not fatal!!!!!!!!!!!

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ranger197172 August 21 2014 at 11:40 PM

Well it happened in Kentucky, the most inbred state in the country.

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lisasin7 August 22 2014 at 1:34 AM

Sorry Pammy, but if hooking a monkey up to a car battery can help ALS research...I have this to say, RED is positive and BLACK is negative.

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kevincatfish70 August 21 2014 at 11:46 PM

Sorry folks got hurt, but, DOOH?

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hewpatch August 22 2014 at 11:27 AM

So sorry these brave men were hurt participating in a very legit and worthy cause. How smart can anyone be that would say "They are blue collar workers and not real bright. Just trained squirrels that do what they are told and they do that very well" In my opinion only an ignorant person that has no clue! Prays to all, even the ignorant people.

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tsr5112 August 22 2014 at 8:14 AM

Tax dollars at work?

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MIchigan Man August 22 2014 at 7:56 AM

Using taxpayer funds to participate in a event that supports a questionable organization just because everyone else is doing it. The fire chief should be held responsible for the lack of safety procedures in this folly. I don't have anything against supporting ALS, but this is just like the breast cancer campaign; too many people see it as a big money maker for those who administer the program, and not those who need the services.

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Lew Tripp August 22 2014 at 7:54 AM

Fire Departments have no business get involved with idiotic ice bucket nonsense.

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