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Campbellsville firefighter injured during ALS Ice Bucket Challenge dies

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A Campbellsville firefighter who was injured while assisting with an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has died, according to Eric Johnson from Supporting Heroes.

Johnson told WDRB that Captain Tony Grider died Saturday afternoon. Captain Grider was hurt last month while helping with the challenge, which involved students from Campbellsville University.

A procession with several emergency response vehicles took Grider's body from University of Louisville hospital to Columbia, Ky. Saturday afternoon.
Johnson told WDRB that Captain Grider was also a member of the Columbia-Adair County Volunteer Fire Department.

"We lost one of our firefighters today and this is how we show our support not only to the rest of the firefighters that are mourning that loss, but his family as well," said Rich Bliven, President of Brother's Keepers Motorcycle Club in Louisville. 

Captain Grider, along with firefighter Simon Quinn, were in the bucket of a fire truck that had been spraying Campbellsville University students who were taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. During the activities, both men received burns from an electrical arc from a power line. Both men were taken to Taylor Regional Hospital. They were later flown to U of L's Medical Center Burn Unit.

We're told firefighters were at his side from the moment the accident happened. Saturday was no different, as area firefighters lined the overpasses while the procession headed south on I-65. 

"We became very attached to the family and a lot of the firefighters down there," said Zoneton Fire Protection District Maj. Kevin Moulton. 

American flags, and people wanting to show their support lined the roads in Campbellsville. Drivers pulled over as the procession went by. In Columbia, family and friends stayed close as Grider's body, draped in an American flag, was taken into the funeral home. Johnson says Grider has two young sons and three adult stepchildren. 

"It's important for the family to see that the community cares, to see that this is a person who served them and who fell while serving them," said Eric Johnson, with Supporting Heroes. 

Funeral arrangements are still pending. 

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