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Kentucky Firefighters Seriously Hurt in Ice Bucket Challenge

One firefighter is in critical condition and another was also hurt after their truck came too close to power lines during the fundraiser.

Four firefighters were injured — two seriously — when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they helped college students take part in an ice bucket challenge, police said Thursday.

The firefighters had just finished dousing cold water on the Campbellsville University marching band when they were shocked by electricity. One was in critical condition and the other was stable, Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said. Fire Capt. Tony Grider, 41, and Simon A. Quinn, 22, were in the fire truck bucket when they were shocked when the bucket was being lowered. No students were injured.

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 in stable condition there. Two other firefighters on the truck were also shocked, but they were treated and released. "We express heartfelt sympathy and prayers for the families of the firefighters who were injured," University President Michael V. Carter said in a statement.



— The Associated Press