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EXCLUSIVE: Campbellsville man opens up about moments before ALS Bucket Challenge accident

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Tyler Arterburn captured the moment firefighters doused Campbellsville University's marching band during an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Tyler Arterburn captured the moment firefighters doused Campbellsville University's marching band during an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Tyler Arterburn (Source: WAVE 3 News) Tyler Arterburn (Source: WAVE 3 News)
As of Friday night, Grider was listed in critical condition and Quinn was in fair condition. (Source: WAVE 3 News) As of Friday night, Grider was listed in critical condition and Quinn was in fair condition. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's the picture taken before a charity event went horribly wrong. Tyler Arterburn captured the moment firefighters doused Campbellsville University's marching band during an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

"It shows how dedicated firefighters are to this university that they would take time to help the university out with this," Arterburn said.

Within minutes of posting a photo, Arterburn discovered the entire country saw it.

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"It wasn't 15 minutes after I posted it that people were contacting me left and right," Arterburn said. 

However, there's another photo Arterburn took that shows the proximity of the power lines near the aerial ladder truck.

"I had left as soon as they finished [the charity event] so I didn't see any of the incident that happened with the firefighters, but my power went out in my room and soon I discovered what happened. It's just a tragedy and I'm praying for everyone affected," Arterburn said.

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Four Campbellsville firefighters who were shocked while helping the marching band.

Captain Tony Grider, 41, a 16-year veteran of the department, and part-time firefighter Simon A. Quinn, 22, were occupying the bucket portion of the aerial ladder truck being used for the university's public affairs event when they crossed the "electric energy threshold" of an overhead power line. That caused an "electric arc" to strike both firefighters.

As of Friday night, Grider was listed in critical condition and Quinn was in fair condition.

Captain Steve Marrs, 37, an 11-year veteran of the department, and three-year veteran Alex Johnson, 28, assumed control of the apparatus in an attempt to lower it to the ground, Hazlette said. Marrs and Johnson suffered electrical shocks from currents traveling down the extended ladder.

Arterburn said he just intended to take photos to capture the philanthropic event.

"I wouldn't have posted the picture if I had known what would've happened," he said.

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