Families Of Firefighters Hurt In Ice Bucket Challenge Speak Out
Two are still recovering in a Louisville hospital and for the first time, their families are speaking out about how the firefighters are doing.
The family said with each day, the two firefighters get a little bit better and they say the family has been overwhelmed with support from the community.
Firefighters were spraying water on the Campbellsville University marching band for the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for ALS.
Captain Tony Grider and firefighter Simon Quinn were on a bucket ladder that came too close to high-voltage power lines.
They were shocked along with two other firefighters who weren’t heart as badly.
Grider is a 16-year veteran of the department and Quinn is a part-time, volunteer firefighter.
Their families said Grider is still in critical condition and in a medically induced coma while Quinn is up walking, eating and in good spirits.
They said Grider loves his job and said his one goal in live as always been to help people. His family now hopes this accident helps to pass his motto along to everyone else.
“He truly does believe that you are here to help people,” said Gena Grider, Capt. Tony Grider’s wife. “You have to be the ones to take care of everybody else.”
The family said they can’t thank the community enough for all the thoughts, prayers and support.
A fund to help Grider and Quinn has been set- up through United Citizens Bank.
The two other firefighters who were also hurt in the accident were treated and have returned to work, serving their community.