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Ice Bucket Challenge: Firefighter Tony Grider dies after fundraising accident

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Kentucky firefighter Tony Grider, who was severely injured a month ago while helping college students take part in an Ice Bucket fundraiser, died on September 20 from his injuries, authorities said.

Captain Tony Grider, 41, of Campbellsville was hurt along with three other firefighters when an aerial ladder got too close to a power line as their department doused a university band with water.

Tony Grider died at noon at University of Louisville hospital, chief of Campbellsville Fire and Rescue Kyle Smith has said.

Kentucky firefighter Tony Grider was severely injured while helping college students take part in an Ice Bucket fundraiser

Kentucky firefighter Tony Grider was severely injured while helping college students take part in an Ice Bucket fundraiser

“His family would like to sincerely thank all of those who have been there for them following this tragic accident,” Kyle Smith said in a statement.


Tony Grider and his three colleagues were injured on August 21 when they were attempting to help students at Campbellsville University participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funds to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

He and another firefighter, 22-year-old Simon Quinn, sustained electrocution injuries in the initial incident. Two other firefighters suffered lesser injuries coming to their aid, officials said.

Simon Quinn was released from hospital earlier this week.

Arrangements for Tony Grider’s funeral service were still pending.

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