SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (WSAW) --- The community gathered to pay respects to fallen firefighter Capt. Cory Barr on Saturday.
Capt. Cory Barr died in the line of duty on Tuesday responding to a gas leak that resulted in an explosion in Sun Prairie. Barr was a firefighter for 15 years. He was captain of the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department and owner of The Barr House, which was leveled in the explosion. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
People from all over the community showed up for a public visitation at the Sun Prairie High School Saturday morning. The visitation ended at 10:00 a.m. and the funeral began around 12:00 p.m. Volunteers have dedicated their time to direct traffic and a jumbotron was set up for people to watch the funeral.
"We would say thank you, we love you, we are so grateful for everything you do in this community. Without you and our firefighters it would not be the community we are living in right now," said Kathi Busse, a Sun Prairie resident.
The line for visitors was closed promptly at 10:00 a.m. to prepare for the procession, and arrival of family members, members of the Sun Prairie Fire Department and other emergency responders.
Firefighters from all over the state of Wisconsin have also come to show their support. There is an incredible line of fire trucks lined up outside the high school. After the procession is over, these trucks will follow the Barr family as they head to the funeral home.
Firefighter honors will be performed at the end of the ceremony indoors, and UW Medflight will be doing a flyover as the processions begin after the ceremony.
The Sun Prairie Education Foundation is creating the Cory Barr Education Memorial Fund.
"To honor Cory's service and his role in the community. We've worked with Sun Prairie High School and the Fire Department. They have a program for high school students to do the fire academy and do training through Madison College. So we set up an account with the Sun Prairie Education Foundation to create the Cory Barr Fire Education Memorial Fund. So this last year, the fire department worked with the school to get a fire course for credit set up through Madison College for high school students, so 10 to 15 students a year to begin to learn how to go in and professionally be certified to go into Fire and EMS service for their careers," said Bridget Maniaci, Former Alderman of the city (District 2 for four years) Sun Prairie High School grad and current Madison resident.