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Support streaming in for families of Campbellsville firefighters

The accident scene as seen from Air 3. (Source: WAVE 3 News The accident scene as seen from Air 3. (Source: WAVE 3 News
Captain Tony Grider (Source: City of Campbellsville) Captain Tony Grider (Source: City of Campbellsville)
Firefighter Alex Quinn (Source: City of Campbellsville) Firefighter Alex Quinn (Source: City of Campbellsville)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - You often hear of the brotherhood, the bond that first responders feel with each other. That is easy to see at University Hospital where firefighters from many departments are gathered to support Campbellsville firefighters Captain Tony Grider and Simon "Alex" Quinn and their families.

Grider and Quinn were seriously injured August 21 when the electricity from nearby power lines arced to the fire truck bucket they were in during an ALS ice bucket challenge for Campbellsville University's band. Within hours of Grider and Quinn arriving at the hospital, so were firefighters from other departments. Now they're lending whatever kind of moral support they can to the families.

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"You can't keep firefighters away at a time like this," said Eric Johnson, executive director of Supporting Heroes. "This is a family and they rally around one another when tragedy strikes and looking at the hallway outside the burn unit, you would see that."

Johnson has seen it time and time again. Supporting Heroes helps families with guidance and moral and financial support when a first responder is seriously injured or killed. The group was most recently involved earlier this month when Glendale firefighter Jonathan French was killed and his mother Lisa injured.

"We've been here many times at University Hospital for something like this but the nature of public safety and I think that's important for people to realize that," Johnson said. "Firefighters, police officers, EMS folks go into harm's way every day. They do it as a matter of routine. They know the risks, they do it anyway."

Johnson says they're offering whatever help they can to the Quinn and Grider families. Hotel rooms are available for them, although he says so far, they understandably really haven't wanted to leave the hospital.

For the rest of us who want to know how to help, Johnson says prayers are appreciated.

If you want to know more about Supporting Heroes, including how to support the group, click here.

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