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Prayer vigil held in Campbellsville for firefighters injured after charity event

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Students, faculty and staff gather on the Tapp Lawn for a prayer vigil for the firefighters injured Thursday. Students, faculty and staff gather on the Tapp Lawn for a prayer vigil for the firefighters injured Thursday.
The prayer vigil began at 7 p.m. at Campbellsville University where students, faculty and staff gathered. The prayer vigil began at 7 p.m. at Campbellsville University where students, faculty and staff gathered.
Tony Grider in uniform (courtesy: Daniel Pickett). Tony Grider in uniform (courtesy: Daniel Pickett).
The prayer vigil lasted about a half hour before small groups prayed together. The prayer vigil lasted about a half hour before small groups prayed together.
Many students gathered to pray for, not only the injured, but also those who witnessed the accident. Many students gathered to pray for, not only the injured, but also those who witnessed the accident.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A vigil was held Thursday night after four firefighters were injured following a charity event on Campellsville University's campus. The injuries happened following a charity cold water challenge on campus.

A campus and community united as both came together on Stapp Lawn. Through prayer and song, community members reflected on the horrific accident that injured four firefighters.

Kenny Childers is a retired fire captain from Campbellsville who went to the scene as soon as he heard about it.

“Even though I'm retired and not there no more they're still family,” Childers said. “We can say we're retired but it's in your blood and it's like taking care of family.”

Two firefighters were taken to University Hospital in Louisville. One is in fair condition the other is in critical condition. The other two were treated at a Taylor County hospital and later released.

Tom LeCompte says it was also personal for members of the Air Evac Life Team that had to fly Tony Grider and Simon Quinn to University Hospital.

“There comes a day that you fly someone that you know and this was one of them days for us,” LeCompte said. “And the guy we picked up today was a good friend of ours.”

He says that's why they all wanted to come together. They wanted to pray for not only the injured firefighters but also those who witnessed the accident.

“This being a small town you know, everybody's family,” explained Demytreus Gipson. “One person gets hurt and everybody feels it and this being a Christian place- we decided it's good to pray for them.

The vigil lasted about half an hour before people broke off into smaller prayer groups to reflect on the accident they won't soon forget.

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