A Day of fun at Campbellsville University turned tragic

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unnamed (22)In the blink of an eye, a day of fun and fundraising at Campbellsville University in Kentucky turned tragic.?????????????? A community came together in prayer?Thursday?night as two of their first responders remained hospitalized. It was a tragedy that played out in front of dozens of college students, just as the group had completed a charity event those firefighters volunteered at.

Two men, up in the bucket of a ladder truck, had sprayed down the university band as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.? The investigation revealed the men’s bodies came too close to an electric energy threshold when they were injured. “We just heard a loud noise, a boom, you know, and the lights went out,” said neighbor Raven Barnett.

These men were, according to friends, doing what they loved — serving a community they loved when they were injured. The community coming together in the face of tragedy and lifting 41-year-old Capt. Tony Grider and 22-year-old Alex Quinn up in prayer.

“From talking with the power company technicians, if you get within a distance of 3-4 feet, the energy that surrounds the high voltage will actually arc onto another object, in this case the personnel occupying the bucket,” said Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette.

Barnett witnessed one of the firefighters collapse in the ladder’s bucket and the heartbreaking reaction of band members. “They were gathered around here in a circle, holding hands, all praying, I suppose for the victims. They were praying, some of them were crying,” said Barnett.

“I think the first 24-48 hours are critical in a severe burn,” said trauma surgeon Dr. Matthew Benns. He said the firefighters suffered serious burns from the electrical current that traveled through their bodies. “Sometimes we see deeper tissue injury with the electricity because a flame burn is really localized to the areas of skin that are in direct contact with that, whereas an electrical burn passes through all the tissue between the live wire and the ground,” said Benns.

Elmira Heights, N.Y.

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