Procession welcomes home injured Sun Prairie firefighter

Published: Jul. 12, 2018 at 11:30 PM CDT
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A Sun Prairie firefighter that was injured in Tuesday's explosion returned home from the hospital today. Ryan Welch was honorarily escorted from the hospital to Sun Prairie Fire Station One.

More than a hundred people cheered along Sun Prairie's streets with flags to show their appreciation.

Colton Andrews made a point to attend the procession. He was moved by the support he has seen from his community.

"It was amazing. Everything that has happened in Sun Prairie so far has been amazing. We've got the best people," Andrews said.

He watched fire engines, ambulances, and police cars from departments across Southern Wisconsin make their way through town. Andrews said his community has made him proud to live in Sun Prairie.

"These people really care about a lot of things," Andrews explained, "especially people who put their lives out on the line for other people."

Another attendee of Thursday's procession was James Moe. Moe explained he was a good friend of Cory Barr, the firefighter who passed away Tuesday.

"I met Cory years back," Moe said. "He was one of those guys you just gravitate towards. A goofy, fun-loving guy."

Moe also attended, and contributed to, Barr's procession on Wednesday.

"It was great to see everybody who came out and showed support and I was happy to be a part of it," explained Moe.

Though Moe was not close with Welch, he still felt it was important to show support for all first responders who protect the community in dangerous situations.

"It is very important for me to get out here and show my support and respect for what they do and honor them," Moe said.

An additional GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the Welch family.