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Firefighter electrocuted in Kentucky ice bucket challenge accident has died

A Campbellsville fire captain was fatally injured when the ladder from this fire truck came too close to a power line on Aug. 21. (Reuters)

The viral ice bucket challenge fundraiser has been fading, but tragedy lingers for a Kentucky town.

A fire captain who was electrocuted during an ice bucket challenge gone wrong in Campbellsville died on Saturday, a month after he was admitted to the hospital for his injuries.

Tony Grider, 41, was airlifted to a nearby hospital when the fire truck ladder that was being used to dump water on a group of students at the Campbellsville University came too close to a power line on Aug. 21.

Several firefighters were injured, including some who tried to climb the ladder to help their colleagues.

Grider, a 16-year veteran of the department, was in the bucket of the ladder with firefighter Simon Quinn, who was hospitalized for several weeks before being released.

The Ice Bucket Challenge was a smashing success for the ALS Foundation, raising more than $100 million for the organization. But the practice has caused some injuries — some fatal, including the death of an 18-year old in Scotland who jumped into a quarry after participating in the challenge.

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