Kentucky firefighter dies after being injured during ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’


41-year-old Cpt. Tony Grider

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — A firefighter injured during an ice bucket challenge at Campbellsville University has died.

Forty-one-year-old Cpt. Tony Grider was critically injured Aug. 21 when the Campbellsville Fire Department was helping the marching band with the challenge.

Investigators said Grider was in the bucket of an aerial ladder truck and was shocked when energy from a nearby power line arced to the bucket.

Grider and 22-year-old Simon Quinn, were airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital. Quinn has since been released and is recovering at home.

Two other firefighters suffered less severe injuries. Steve Marrs and Alex Johnson were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital where they were treated.

Eric Johnson with Supporting Heroes released the following statement:

“It is with deep regret we notify you of the line-of-duty death of Campbellsville, Kentucky Fire Captain Tony Grider.

Captain Grider succumbed to injuries sustained 30 days earlier when he received a high-voltage electric shock during an “ALS ice water challenge” at Campbellsville University.

Captain Grider served the Campbellsville Fire Department for 16 years. He was 41 years old and is survived by his wife, Gena, and five children.

Please keep the Grider and Campbellsville Fire families in your thoughts and prayers.

Funeral arrangements and additional information will be posted on our website as it becomes available.”

According to a statement released by Campbellsville fire chief Kyle Smith, Grider passed away at noon Sat., Sept. 20.

Smith said the family and fire department are thankful for the support from fellow firefighters across the nation, hospital staff and Supporting Heroes – all of which cared for Grider and his family throughout his stay at the hospital.

Johnson said Grider’s body will be transported from University Hospital to Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in Columbia in a formal procession at 4 p.m.

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