Sen. Johnson, Sen. Baldwin propose naming Post Office after Sun Prairie firefighter

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U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to rename a Sun Prairie Post Office after fire Capt. Cory Barr, who was killed on duty in July 2018.

“Capt. Cory Barr saved countless lives last July by acting decisively and courageously during a gas leak evacuation in Sun Prairie. In working to keep his neighbors and friends safe, he paid the ultimate price – a sacrifice his community will not forget. Renaming this Sun Prairie Post Office after Capt. Barr is a small but meaningful tribute to his sacrifice,” Sen. Johnson stated in a media release.

“Captain Cory Barr paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect Sun Prairie residents and save lives. His public service should be honored and his commitment to the safety of his neighbors and the community will always be remembered,” stated Sen. Baldwin. “Captain Barr is a hero and I’m proud to do right by him and his family by designating this Sun Prairie building in his name.”

The bill would officially change the name of the post office at 1715 Linnerud Drive in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin to the “Fire Captain Cory Barr Post Office Building.”

In July 2018, Capt. Barr was evacuating people near a gas leak in downtown Sun Prairie when a gas explosion resulted in his death.

Capt. Barr is credited with evacuating more than 100 people.