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Campbellsville band members supporting firefighters who were injured during ice bucket challenge

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Four Campbellsville firefighters injured during an ice bucket challenge are being recognized by the band members they were helping during the accident.

Last Thursday, four firefighters were injured when helping the university band with the ALS Ice Bucket challenge.

Electricity from a nearby power line arced towards them and Captain Tony Grider and Simon Quinn were badly shocked.

“And here they were trying to help us do an event to help others and they were so gracious and so easy to work with and this took place and certainly it wasn't something we expected,” said Jennifer Tinnell, Director of Bands.

“We kinda felt like it was our fault, but to hear the firefighters say it wasn't your fault and we would have done this for anybody on campus was comforting to us,” said Aron Neal, a marching band member.

For the last week members of the school marching band have been doing what they can to show support for the injured firefighters.

They signed t-shirts to give the men with personal messages across them.

“And then we got ball caps and we signed our names on them and then we gave blankets that we prayed over for them,” said Emily Hatley with the marching band.

Jennifer Tinnell, the Director of Bands at Campbellsville University, along with some of the band students personally delivered the items.

Tinnell says at University Hospital, firefighters from across the state lined the hallways in support.

“It was a beautiful moment of brotherhood and seeing how united firefighters are,” said Tinnell.

“It was just amazing to see that brotherhood- there's no limits to it really,” said Aron Neal.

The marching band also plans to show support Thursday evening during a football game. They will dedicate their first performance on the football field to the firefighters.

“We're trying to play our hearts out for the men that suffered and their families,” said Aron Neal.

They say it's the least they can do for the men who were simply trying to help them with a charity challenge, as Simon Quinn and Tony Grider continue to recover at University Hospital.

“The fact that they put their lives on the line every day on a daily basis as part of their job is just a tremendous learning and growing experience I think for myself and all of the students,” says Jennifer Tinnell.

“We'll certainly continue to seek out ways that we as a university and us as a school of music and the marching band specifically can continue to reach out to the families and show them that we love and care for them,” said Corey Bonds, Assistant Director of Bands.

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