The Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department captain killed in a Downtown explosion in July 2018 will be memorialized by having the local post office named in his honor.
Bi-partisan legislation has been introduced in the US Senate and US Congress to honor Cory Barr, who died in the natural gas explosion on July 10, 2018, an explosion that leveled several buildings in the heart of the city, including his own tavern, The Barr House.
The Sun Prairie post office at 1715 Linnerud Drive would be named the Fire Captain Cory Barr Post Office Building.
US Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson introduced the bill to the Senate, while the entire Wisconsin delegation in the House of Representatives, led by Rep. Mark Pocan, who has Sun Prairie in his district, introduced legislation to the House.
“Captain Cory Barr paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect Sun Prairie residents and save lives,” Baldwin said. “His public service should be honored and his commitment to the safety of his neighbors and the community will always be remembered.”
Barr and his fellow first responders are credited with leading 100 people to safety before the explosion took his life and injured several firefighters.
“The Sun Prairie community will forever be impacted by last summer’s tragic explosion, but because of Captain Barr’s heroic efforts, more than 100 people were led to safety,” Pocan said. “We all owe Captain Barr our deepest respect for his exemplary service and the sacrifice he made for his community.”