The Ice Bucket Challenge has now claimed the life of a Central Kentucky Fire Captain, injured last month during a stunt at a local college campus.
The Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS was all the rage during the summer. Social media was literally clogged with video and after video of men, women, children, and even dogs being drenched with ice cold water for charity. There was even a sub-set of videos that showed the Ice Bucket Challenge going wrong, with painful images of buckets full of water being dropped onto peoples heads and, of course, as reported on The Inquisitr, there was the incident of the boy who had a bucket of urine and feces dumped on his head in a terrible prank.
And in Central Kentucky, a local fire house decided to get in on the fun and used a ladder truck to help dump hundreds of gallons of water on a group of students and the marching band from nearby Campbellsville University. Then tragedy struck. The extended ladder, which held the fire captain, 41-year old Tony Grider and 22-year old Simon Quinn, hit a power line, and both men, along with two others on the truck, were electrocuted.
Initially, both Grider and Quinn survived and were hospitalized, with Grider in critical condition at the University of Louisville Medical Center Burn Unit. The two other firefighters, Steve Marrs and Alex Johnson, were treated for minor burns and released. Simon Quinn spent almost a month in the hospital and was released on September 15. Sadly, Tony Grider never went home.
In a statement by Eric Johnson from the organization called Supporting Heroes, which helps civic duty men and women injured or killed in the line of duty, Johnson announced the untimely passing.
“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.”
The website for Supporting Heroes is www.supportingheroes.org, and though they are based out of Louisville, Kentucky, they help heroes all across america.
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