4 firefighters shocked, 1 critically, while helping CU students with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Four firefighters with the Campbellsville Fire Department were shocked -- one of them critically -- while helping the Campbellsville University marching band with an ALS ice bucket challenge, according to a spokesman for Supporting Heroes, an organization that provides support to family members after emergency responders are injured or killed in the line of duty.
Eric Johnson said two of the injured firefighters are being treated at and will be released from a Campbellsville hospital today. The other two firefighters were transported to University of Louisville Hospital. One of them is in critical condition. The other is in fair condition, Johnson said.
[UPDATE: 4 firefighters injured while helping with Campbellsville University Ice Bucket Challenge ID'd]The incident happened around 11:45 a.m. Aug. 21 near Chandler Avenue and Spring Street, right outside the university's football and baseball facilities.
Sources say the incident happened when the fire truck's aerial basket touched power lines. Power went out across a wide portion of the Campbellsville area, affecting about 4,500 customers. A spokeswoman for LG&E-KU said the utility company took a transmission line out of service after being notified of the incident involving the line. Power has since been restored in the area.
[SLIDESHOW: Firefighters injured while helping band with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge]
"The band students were moving away from the truck and the area," CU band director Jennifer Tinnell told WCKQ 104.1 FM, "and I was standing at the fire truck thanking the [firefighters] for helping us out in this. Out of nowhere, we heard a huge explosion, and at the same time saw sparks coming from the rear of the fire truck and just a lot of electricity that shot straight up to the bucket ladder."
Tinnell said several firefighters were in the bucket at the time.
"A short amount of time after that, there was another strike of it, and everything was stopped and called in for rescue and help at that point," Tinnell added.
Via Twitter, Campbellsville University said no students were injured in the incident. A prayer service has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Stapp Lawn.
"We express heartfelt sympathy and prayers for the families of the two firefighters who were injured," said CU President Dr. Michael V. Carter in a statement posted on the university's website.
CU is a private, Christian, liberal arts school in Campbellsville, about 85 miles south of Louisville.
The Ice Bucket Challenge is a social media movement that has raised awareness and millions of dollars for ALS research.
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