Ice Bucket Challenge Goes Awry, Firefighters Hurt

Two in burn unit, one in critical condition

Ice Bucket Challenge-Firefighters Hurt
By Dylan Lovan

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY. - A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an "ice bucket challenge."

Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said the power line was never touched Thursday morning, but it carried such a high voltage that it was able to energize the ladder truck, shocking the firefighters.

The two in the bucket were at a hospital burn unit early Friday. One was in critical condition and the other was in fair condition, the hospital said. The other firefighters were treated and released. The firefighters had just taken part in the challenge that helps raise money for ALS research. They dumped water on the Campbellsville University's marching band, but most of the students had already left the area and no students were hurt.

University nursing student Julie Smith said she was nearby and spoke to a couple of friends who witnessed the firefighters being shocked and said "they are taking it really hard."

"It's tragic, I feel for all the band members who were still there when it happened, that they had to see that," Smith said. Smith later led a prayer vigil with about 100 people on the campus Thursday night.

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 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 listed in fair 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 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.

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A. Should have found a different location such as a ball field or something like that. B. Anything between 750 and 150,000 volts, should have a working and saftey distance of 10 feet. Most power lines running along the top of city posts are around 7,200 volts before they are stepped down by the transformers. If the air is thick and humid, it can also contribute to the distance of the arc. C. ALWAYS, AND I MEAN ALWAYS, have a ground spotter. I hope they will be okay.

September 05 2014 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ice bucket challenge as per the 2013 US Fed. Tax Returns:
For every $1.00 raised about 50 % goes to big salaries, big dollar parties and schmoozing . I made my challenge and donation but I am upset that my money is not all being put to better use of the sick and dying of ALS.

salaries of people working:

Jane H. Gilbert – President and CEO – $339,475.00
Daniel M. Reznikov – Chief Financial Officer – $201,260.00
Steve Gibson – Chief Public Policy Officer – $182,862.00
Kimberly Maginnis - Chief of Care Services Officer – $160,646.00
Lance Slaughter - Chief Chapter Relations and Development Officer – $152,692.00
Michelle Keegan – Chief Development Officer – $178,744.00
John Applegate – Association Finance Officer – $118.726.00
David Moses – Director of Planned Giving – $112,509.00
Carrie Munk – Chief Communications and Marketing Officer – $142,875.00
Patrick Wildman – Director of Public Policy – $112,358.00
Kathi Kromer – Director of State Advocacy – $110,661.00

September 04 2014 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That fact that the circuit breaker blew means they made contact with the powerlines.
Who started this ice bucket thing ?

August 23 2014 at 5:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Something is rotten in Denmark, this Fire Department needs to be called out on this, using a crane by high voltage lines required a lot of permits and protective devises in place, which tells me these two were ignorant of the danger, ask yourself why ? Heads need to roll this is right up there with the bunk arson sciences. It's ok were fireman.

August 22 2014 at 11:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

This one firefighter camp..

August 22 2014 at 11:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How sad and ironic and see that cemetery in the background!!!!

August 22 2014 at 10:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

NO ONE ever said firefighters were smart. Guess this proves it.

August 22 2014 at 10:09 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply


August 22 2014 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hey look at me!! enough w this stupid challenge..just donate money..

August 22 2014 at 7:43 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Hopefully this disaster will end this hey-everybody-look-at-me nonsense....AOL ran a story yesterday about some bozo who hijacked this stunt to make a lame marriage proposal....I bet most of these people don't even know which charity this is supposedly for

August 22 2014 at 6:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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