More than 2,000 gather for Sun Prairie firefighter’s funeral

Mourners gathered in Sun Prairie for the funeral of a fallen firefighter.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports more than 2,000 people, including about 700 uniformed officers, turned out Saturday to honor Capt. Cory Barr on Saturday at the Sun Prairie High School.

The 34-year-old Barr was killed Tuesday evening when a contractor punctured a natural gas line in downtown Sun Prairie, causing an explosion and fire that destroyed at least two businesses and heavily damaged others.

Authorities say Barr was off duty at the time of the gas leak but went to the scene to help evacuate people from the area before a massive explosion and fire erupted.

Mourners at the service described Barr as humble, devoted and blessed.

He leaves behind his wife Abby and 3-year-old twin girls.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,