Captain Tony Grider, a firefighter from central Kentucky, has died from injuries he sustained while taking part in an ALS ice bucket challenge a month ago. Grider was helping the marching band from Campbellsville University take part in the challenge by using a firetruck to dump freezing water on them.
He was climbing the ladder when he got too close to nearby power lines, and was shocked, along with colleague Simon Quinn. Both men were critically injured, but Quinn recovered, and was released from hospital 5 days ago. Tragically, Grider succumbed to his injuries, at the age of 41.
Although it is not yet official, it appears Scottish hopes of independence have been crushed in the long-anticipated referendum. With 24 of the 32 council areas officially declared, No leads, with 54% to Yes’s 46%. Clackmannanshire, ironically ranked the most likely to vote Yes, was the first area to declare, and rejected independence.
Yes has only won four council areas – Dundee, Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, and West Dunbartonshire. Yes campaign rallies throughout the United Kingdom have slowly fizzled out as results came in, and the Alex Salmond, who has headed the Yes campaign from the beginning, canceled an appearance in his local court in Aberdeenshire.
The fate of the United Kingdom hangs in the balance, with tomorrow’s referendum on Scottish independence too close to call. The largest poll conducted has “No” at 52% and “Yes” at 48%. But that poll only includes voters who know how they are going to vote. A reported 4% claim they “Don’t Know” how they are going to vote, and these 170,000 voters will likely be key to Scotland’s future.
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown broke his silence by giving what some are calling the “speech of the campaign” in favor of a “No” vote. 95% of the British population are likely to vote, which could make it the largest turn-out for a vote in British history, beating the 1950 general election.