Sun Prairie dedicates statue to fallen firefighter Cory Barr
The City of Sun Prairie unveiled a statue dedicated to fallen firefighter Cory Barr and all the fire personnel who responded to the explosion in 2018 on Friday.
SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (WMTV) - The City of Sun Prairie unveiled a statue dedicated to fallen firefighter Cory Barr and all the fire personnel who responded to the explosion in 2018 on Friday.
Barr’s widow, Abby, attended the dedication.
“I feel like people want to hear we’re fine, we’re happy, we’re moving on. That’s not ever going to happen. What’s going to happen is we’re going to move forward with Cory in our hearts forever,” she said during an emotional speech.
“Its hard to believe its been two years since that tragic day that totally rocked our city,” she said.
On July 10, 2018, crews responded to a gas leak in Sun Prairie’s downtown. Forty minutes later, a sudden explosion rocked the city, and the blast injured firefighter Ryan Welch, and killed fire captain Cory Barr.
“It’s trying to push forward and make this a celebration of life and not a mourning anymore. A lot of tears have been shed,” said Sun Prairie Fire Chief Chris Garrison.
A statue dedication and memorial ceremony are about closure, the chief said.
“We’re moving forward here as a city. and this statue is also a tribute to our residents who helped put this together,” said Chief Garrison.
The chief said that more than $29,000 in donations made the statue and memorial possible.
“It represents what Cory gave to this city. It represents everything that every first responder did that day,” he said.
“I want to talk about him. I want others to talk to me about him. I want people to tell my girls stories about him,” Abby Barr said.
“If you’re grieving, make sure you take care of yourself and doing what you need to do to take care of the grief. Don’t ignore it. It will catch up with you,” she said.
A portion of Angell Street near the fire station was also be renamed to Barr Street.
The ceremony began at 6 p.m. at Fire Station one at 135 N. Bristol St. Friday. Attendees were divided into four groups of 25 people, and were required to wear masks.
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