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Community gathers to mourn loss of Campbellsville firefighter

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ADAIR COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- A fire fighter who died helping with an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was laid to rest on Wednesday, and hundreds of first responders came to pay respects.

Fire engines backed up for as far as the eye could see, coming from all over Kentucky to pay their respects to a man most of them never knew -- a man they shared something very special with.

"That's what we do, we give it all," said Mike Glasgow, a firefighter. "And Tony Grider definitely gave his all."

Grider, a 41-year-old Campbellsville firefighter, was honored Wednesday. He died from injuries he got while helping local college students with an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

"That day, those three words took on a different meaning for our fire services," Glasgow said. "Every time a fireman hears those words from this day forward, they will think of Tony Grider."

Along with hundreds of first responders, the Patriot Guard Riders of Kentucky led Grider to his final resting place. Along the way, complete strangers lined the nearly 20 mile procession.

"I know some people who work on the fire department," said Leigh Bell, who was in attendance.

Together, attendees said their final goodbyes and thanked Grider for the legacy he left behind.

"So from today, and every day from now on, we are always going to honor Captain Tony Grider," said Kyle Smith, chief of the Campbellsville Fire Department. "And just like Tony, we're going to give our best effort every time."

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