Firefighters across Kentuckiana take shifts supporting injured brothers


by Amy Stallings and Michaela MacDonald

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 22 at 6:49 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Firefighters from all over Kentuckiana are arriving at University Hospital in to support family members and friends of four Campbellsville firefighters that were injured during an ALS ice bucket challenge at Campbellsville University Thursday.

Kentuckiana firefighters are taking shifts at the hospital, staying with the families and friends of Capt. Tony Grider and Alex Quinn so that their loved ones are never alone. Some departments even opened up firehouses to the families so they would have a place to stay and rest.

President of the Louisville Professional Firefighters Local 345 Brian O'Neill says the firefighters are there to show the families they care and to provide any assistance they need.

“The biggest thing we can do right now is just to let them know that we are here and that we care and whatever needs they have whether it's getting them a hamburger, clean t-shirt to wear, we know that the entire family has their entire focus on supporting their loved ones so we are wanting to step in and help if we can,” O’Neill said.

The focus now is on the recovery as Grider remains in critical condition.

Well known in the Campbellsville community, Grider is a 16-year veteran with the department.

Some good news, fellow firefighter Quinn is doing better and remains in fair condition. Quinn works with the department part-time.

Both firefighters suffered burns after an electric charge from a nearby power line that  arced into the bucket these men were in while spraying water on the Campbellsville University marching band. 

Two other firefighters on the ground were also injured but suffered less severe injuries. Steve Marrs and Alex Johnson, were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment. 

“Anytime that a firefighter is injured no matter where it is, not only in our country, but worldwide it hits close to home because we know the risks that are inherent with our job, whether we are training, whether we're on the fire ground so it hurts. The fire hood, the fire department is a big family and it's like one of your own getting hurt,” O’Neill said.