CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Fire Captain Tony Grider passed away Saturday after being injured in the line of duty last month while helping a group of students at Campbellsville University do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, according to Supporting Heroes.
Capt. Grider, 41, had been hospitalized for his injuries since the incident on August 21. He was severely shocked by an arc of electricity, along with another firefighter, while they were in a fire truck bucket that got too close to high-voltage power lines.
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"He was trying to do a good thing and that's all that matters," Okolona Fire Battalion Chief Jody Craig said.
Capt. Grider is survived by by his wife, Gena, and five children. He served the Campbellsville Fire Department for 16 years.
Within the hour of his passing, dozens of fire trucks, ambulances and police cars pulled into University Hospital. They showed up to escort Grider to a funeral home 100 miles away in Columbia, KY.
The other man severely injured in the incident, Simon A. Quinn, 22, was released from University Hospital Monday, September 15. Two other firefighters, Captain Steve Marrs, 37, and Alex Johnson, 28, suffered less serious injuries and were treated at the Taylor Regional Hospital and released.