Injured Sun Prairie firefighter released from hospital, GoFundMe page started

Courtesy of Katherine Cichy
Courtesy of Katherine Cichy(NBC15)
Published: Jul. 12, 2018 at 4:24 PM CDT
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A Sun Prairie firefighter who was assisting Capt. Cory Barr shut off gas in the Barr House when the building exploded on July 10 has been released from the hospital Thursday.

After sustaining injuries related to the gas explosion, firefighter Ryan Welch will be escorted from Cabela's on Reiner Road, then east on Main Street to North Bird Street, according to the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page.

The route will then head north on Bird Street then east on Windsor Street before heading back south on South Bristol to Sun Prairie Fire Station 1.

Welch is anticipated to meet the Sun Prairie Fire Department at 5 p.m. Thursday. The Sun Prairie Fire Department encourages community members to stand along the route and cheer as he returns.

Capt. Barr died in the explosion.

According to GoFundMe spokesperson Kate Cichy, a GoFundMe page has been made for Welch.

Donations to the page can be made


A description of the GoFundMe campaign is also on the page:

"Ryan is still with us, but has a long road ahead. Volunteer Firefighters are regular people, with regular jobs, who do extraordinary things just to give back to the community. Ryan is a mechanic, he works with his hands. His face is burned, his jaw is broken in several places, he lost teeth, his hands are injured. A building fell on him, but he was up walking (with help) the next day," according to the campaign page.

"Please give what you can to help Ryan and his family while he's trying to get back to work. He won't ask for himself, but he will climb stairs for any charity, just ask him. He won't tell you he's hurting, but he would pull you from the wreckage. We won't let you know he's a softy, but he will (I have pictures) make sure to save a kitten from a fire."