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Firefighters critically injured while dousing students with water in ‘ALS Ice Bucket Challenge’

By Mason White 1:16 PM August 24, 2014
The firefighter during the challenge 

By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) Four firefighters of Kentucky, were critically injured after dousing students with water as part of the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.”

Two of the firefighters were hospitalized in critical condition after getting too close to a power line while helping with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The firefighters, who are members of the Campbellsville Fire and Rescue Department, had just finished dumping buckets of ice water on students of the Campbellsville University marching band when things went terribly wrong.

Captain Tony Grider, 41, and firefighter Simon A. Quinn, 22, were in the truck when they came in close proximity of the power lines. This caused an electricity cable to strike the two and they were seriously hurt.

The two other firefighters, Captain Steve Marrs, 37, and firefighter Alex Johnson, 28, were also injured, but were able to lower the fire engine bucket to the ground, police said.

Police Chief Tim Campbellsville Hazlette said that the firefighters did not actually make contact with the power line itself, but came within three to four feet of the line, causing the electricity to jump.