Fire department fined for ice bucket challenge gone awry

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Posted: Jan 15, 2015 3:04 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — State regulators have fined a Kentucky fire department $25,000 for improper training and equipment after a firefighter was killed and three others hurt while the crew tried to help a college marching band participate in the ice bucket challenge.

The Kentucky Office of Occupational Safety and Health issued the citation last week. The fire department has until Feb. 2 to contest it.

State officials say the department did not make sure firefighters wore protective helmets designed to reduce electric shocks and allowed untrained people too close to a power line.

Forty-one-year-old Tony Grider died after the ladder he was on got too close to a power line while firefighters were attempting to spray water on the Campbellsville University marching band.

Campbellsville Fire Chief Kyle Smith declined to comment.


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