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Family members of injured Campbellsville firefighters give update, thank public

Capt. Tony Grider (Source: City of Campbellsville) Capt. Tony Grider (Source: City of Campbellsville)
Simon "Alex" Quinn (Source: City of Campbellsville) Simon "Alex" Quinn (Source: City of Campbellsville)
Gena Grider (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News) Gena Grider (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News)
Holly Quinn (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News) Holly Quinn (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News)
Tammy Grider (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News) Tammy Grider (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - 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. 

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."

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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. 

That's why it didn't come as a surprise Grider and several Campbellsville firefighters all joined in to help out and raise money for a good cause last Thursday. 

During the charity challenge Grider and Alex Quinn were shocked by a power line. 

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

"Right now I'm doing pretty good knowing that he is doing pretty good," said  "He's up walking and talking and being pretty much himself."

Holly says he will soon go see Captain Grider, who remains in a medically induced coma. Firefighters continue to take shifts to stand by his side. 

"I know he hears us," said Gena Grider. "I know he does, because the first day we had problems with dropping blood pressure and stuff, so we would talk to him, it would help."

Two families that remain strong knowing that hope and prayers are on their side.  

"We're making it, we're fighting it and we are going to beat it," said Gena Grider.

Capt. Steve Marrs, 37, and firefighter Alex Johnson, 28, assumed control of the apparatus in an attempt to lower it to the ground. Both of them suffered electrical shocks from currents traveling down the ladder. They were both treated and released from a hospital.

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