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Campbellsville Firefighter's Funeral Draws Hundreds

Several communities came together Wednesday to lay to rest a firefighter who suffered injuries during an ALS ice bucket challenge in Campbellsville.

Captain Tony Grider passed away Saturday after a nearly month-long stay in the hospital. The 41-year-old firefighter sustained electrical injuries while helping a school band with an ice bucket challenge.

His funeral drew hundreds to the small town of Columbia Wednesday, as family, community members, and fellow firefighters came to pay their respects. During the service, the Jamestown Fire Dept. took over operations. Jeff Landers, Jamestown's Assistant Chief, told WKYT-TV the outreach comes naturally in his business.

"We spend a lot of time together, not only the paid departments, but volunteers, we spend a lot of time with each other. each other's families, it becomes very close. When a tragedy likes this happens, it does not matter what department, paid or volunteer, or where you are from, it affects you," he said.

One firefighter friend said Grider was “put here to help people and that's what he did till the day he died.”

Services were held at Columbia Christian Church in Adair County.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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