A beloved firefighter who suffered severe burns when an Ice Bucket Challenge went horribly awry last month has succumbed to his injuries.
Tony Grider, 41, passed away over the weekend.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Grider Died From Burn Injuries He Suffered on August 21
Thirty days after suffering burn injuries during an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Capt. Tony Grider has passed away, according to dispatcher Mark Coker with the Campbellsville-Tyler 911 Center.
Grider’s obituary can be found here.
Fire Battalion Cheif Jody Craig stated, “He was trying to do a good thing and that’s all that matters.”
Eric Johnson from Supporting Heroes stated, “It is with deep regret we notify you of the line-of-duty death of Campbellsville, Kentucky Fire Captain Tony Grider. Please keep the Grider and Campbellsville Fire families in your thoughts and prayers.”
2. The Accident Occurred When a Fire Truck Ladder Got Too Close to a Power Line
— WLKY (@WLKY) September 21, 2014
Tony Grider and 22-year-old firefighter Simon Quinn were on a fire truck’s ladder, assisting with an ALS Ice Bucket challenge for Campbellsville University’s marching band in Kentucky, when the truck’s ladder got too close to a power line after dumping the water for the challenge.
Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette has stated the power lines never touched the truck, but there was still such a high voltage it was enough electricity to energize the ladder and shock Grider and Quinn.
Campbellsville Fire Chief Kyle Smith stated, “His family would like to sincerely thank all of those who have been there for them following this tragic accident”
3. Three Others Were Injured in the Ice Bucket Challenge
— Scott Utterback (@Utterback13) September 20, 2014
Simon Quinn was released from the hospital, along with two others who were hurt in the incident. The other firefighters were injured coming to the aid of Quinn and Grider, but have since recovered. Most of the students had cleared the area before the accident occurred.
A photo gallery was put together after the firefighters sustained their injuries, you can find it here.
4. Grider Leaves Behind a Wife and 5 Children
Grider was 41 and leaves behind his wife, Gena Dabney Grider; five children, Nicholas Dabney, Alexa and Courtney Quiroz, and Jacob and Jordan Grider; and his parents, Orvis and Shirley Grider, who lived with his family. Grider was also a part-time employee of Adair County, Campbellsville-Taylor County and Green County EMS.
5. Fundraisers Were Held in Grider’s Honor
Various fundraisers were put together for Grider, one of which raised over $2,500.
Grider was a member of the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, Columbia Lodge 96, Columbia-Adair County Parks and Recreation Board, Adair County Search and Rescue Board of Directors and a former member of the Columbia City Council.
A local radio station helped keep people notified of Grider’s medical status, after the accident.