UPDATE: Firefighters Seriously Injured in Campbellsville University 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

By: WKYT/AP
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CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (WKYT/AP) UPDATE 4:00 PM

The president of a college in central Kentucky says two firefighters were injured while using their fire truck ladder to help the school's marching band take part in an ice bucket challenge.

Campbellsville University President Michael Carter tells WHAS-TV that the school asked the local fire department to help spray its marching band with cold water. Andrew Melnykovich, a spokesman for the Public Service Commission, says the fire truck's ladder either touched a power line or came too close to it. He says the ladder didn't have to strike the line to cause a reaction.

Carter says at least two, and perhaps three, firefighters were injured Thursday after the challenge to raise awareness for ALS. No students were hurt.


Two Taylor County firefighters were seriously injured Thursday while helping the Campbellsville University band take part in an ALS ice bucket challenge.

"We express heartfelt sympathy and prayers for the families of the two firefighters who were injured," said Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University.

Through its Twitter account, Campbellsville University says no students were injured.

The ice bucket challenge is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on somone's head to raise awareness and money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

A prayer vigil for the firefighters will be held at 7 p.m. on Strapp Lawn on the Campbellsville University campus.


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