UPDATE: Vigil Held For Injured Firefighters In Campbellsville

An estimated 100-people gathered for a prayer vigil Thursday night at Campbellsville University for four firefighters who were injured earlier in the day on campus while helping out the school’s marching band with an ice bucket challenge.

Investigators said the firefighters had just finished dousing cold water on the students and were lowering the ladder when they were shocked by electricity.

Two firefighters were in the bucket and two were on the main part of the fire truck.

The two in the bucket were airlifted to a hospital burn unit in Louisville.

One was in critical condition and the other was seriously injured, but stable, according to Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette. 

The other firefighters were treated at the hospital in Campbellsville.

No students were hurt.

Power was knocked out for about an hour for 4,500 customers, according to Kentucky Utilities.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will investigate whether the power line had the correct clearance from the ground, trees and structures, according to a spokesman for the PSC.

The police chief said the ladder never touched the power lines, but because it carried such a high voltage, it could shock people close to it.

Police said Fire Captain Tony Grider, 41, and Simon A. Quinn, 22, were in the bucket.  Grider was listed in critical condition and Quinn was stable.

Grider is a 16-year veteran of the department.  Quinn is a part-time firefighter.

Also injured was Fire Captain Steve Marrs, 37, who has been with the department for 11-years and Alex Johnson, 28, who has been with the department for three years.

Campbellsville University is a private Christian school that has around 3,600 students, according to its Website.

The ice bucket challenge has been sweeping social media Websites.

The ALS Association said the movement had raised more than $41 million.

Look for continuing coverage of this story on Friday on ABC 36 News.

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