Kentucky Firefighters Badly Hurt In 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

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CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Two Taylor County, Kentucky, firefighters were seriously injured Thursday while helping the Campbellsville University band take part in an ALS ice bucket challenge.

In a news conference on Thursday afternoon, Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette identified the most seriously injured firefighters as Tony Grider, 41, and Simon 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 a hospital in Louisville. Chief Hazlette says Quinn's condition may be improving and Grider's is critical.

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.

A prayer vigil for the firefighters will be held at 7 p.m. on Strapp Lawn on the Campbellsville University campus.