1-year remembrance ceremony of Sun Prairie explosion to be held July 10

Published: Jun. 12, 2019 at 1:59 PM CDT
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The City of Sun Prairie and Sun Prairie Fire & Rescue Company is teaming together to host "Sun Prairie Stronger" -- a one-year remembrance ceremony of the Sun Prairie gas explosion and fire.

On July 10, 2018, the explosion took the life of Fire Capt. Cory Barr and damaged several properties in downtown Sun Prairie.

The one-year anniversary event will be held on Wednesday, July 10, at 6 p.m. at Fire Station 1 on North Bristol Street. The community is welcome to attend the event.

"This will be an opportunity to acknowledge the various organizations whose efforts kept the community safe and assisted in the aftermath and recovery," Capt. Becky Gruber of the Sun Prairie Fire Department said in a press release.

Mayor Paul Esser, Chief Christopher Garrison and Abby Barr will speak at 6:45 p.m., followed by a walk to the site of the Barr House led by the Honor Guard, and a closing prayer with a moment of silence for Capt. Barr.

After the event, local downtown businesses will be open with extended hours and special offers to recognize and support the City of Sun Prairie Emergency Services.

Razor Sharp Screen Printing will have t-shirts available to purchase online and in store starting Friday, June 13. Four dollars of every purchase will be used to memorialize Capt. Barr.

According to the press release, Bristol Street will be closed at Main Street and Cliff Street, and Columbus Street will be closed at Angell Street, starting at 5:30 p.m. Streets will re-open by 7:30 p.m.