Sun Prairie to honor firefighter killed in 2018 explosion, remember tragedy

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — Four years on from the explosion that took his life, Sun Prairie will gather to honor Captain Cory Barr and remember the tragedy.

A volunteer firefighter, Barr was checking on a gas leak near his family’s business in downtown Sun Prairie when the explosion occurred. He was pronounced dead after being airlifted to UW Hospital.

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Barr was the only person killed in the explosion, but several others were injured and many people lost their homes or businesses. Then-Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in the wake of the incident. The community united around #SunPrairieStronger.

On Sunday, the community will unite once again to remember Barr and others impacted by the explosion. A semi-private ceremony will be held at the Sun Prairie Fire and Rescue Company’s main station at 6:30 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend.

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The ceremony is expected to last 20 to 30 minutes. Barr’s family, along with the Fire and Rescue Company, have also encouraged residents to leave a note, card or flower and pay respects or say a prayer at the statue at 135 N. Bristol Street