By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Aug 22, 2014
An “Ice Bucket Challenge” for ALS went horribly awry Thursday when four firefighters in Kentucky were shocked by power lines while attempting to hose down a group of college students.
The accident happened on an athletic field at Campbellsville University when the fire truck’s ladder with an attached bucket got too close to power lines and generated an arc of electricity, even though it did not touch the lines. Two firefighters in the bucket and two others believed to have been on the ground were struck.
The firefighters were planning to spray the school’s marching band.
Louisville, Kentucky, station WHAS 11 reports that “two of the firefighters, 41-year-old Tony Grider and 22-year-old Simon Quinn, were airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital. Grider, a 16-year veteran of the department, was listed in critical condition and Quinn, a part-time firefighter, was upgraded from serious to fair condition. Both are being treated at the University of Louisville Medical Center Burn Unit. The other two injured, Steve Marrs and Alex Johnson, were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital. Marrs, 37, has been with the department for 11 years, and Johnson, 28, has been there three years.”
Many of the students who witnessed the accident were traumatized.
A prayer vigil for the firefighters was held on campus Thursday evening attended by hundreds of people.
Campbellsville University is a Christian college in Campbellsville, Kentucky.