Family Members of Injured Kentucky Firefighters Give Update

Family members of two Campbellsville firefighters who were shocked while helping Campbellsville University students with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge addressed the media in a news conference at University Hospital, reports Wave 3 News.

Capt. Tony Grider, 41, remains in critical condition and part-time firefighter Simon A. Quinn, 22, is in fair condition at University of Louisville Hospital. They were operating the bucket portion of the aerial ladder truck being used for the university’s public affairs event on Aug. 21 when they got too close to an overhead power line, causing an “electric arc” to strike them.

Gena Grider, wife of Tony, first wanted to thank the public for its support. She says since the minute the accident happened, the response has been amazing. Tammy Grider is the sister of Tony. She said, “My brother would be so surprised and proud to see all the support.”

As the wife of a firefighter, Gena Grider knew the dangers, but to her husband it was much more than a job. 

“He truly does believe that you are here to help people,” said Gena Grider. 

That’s how Captain Tony Grider lives his life and his sister Tammy Grider can back that up. 

“I was talking to my son who is 30 last night, and I said what do you have to say about Tony, and he said Tony was the person who taught me how to be a good man,” said Tammy Grider.

Quinn’s mother, Holly says her 22 year old son doesn’t remember the accident, but is grateful he is going to be ok.   

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