Lawmakers introduce legislation naming post office after Cory Barr

SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) — Wisconsin’s two U.S. Senators are introducing legislation to rename the Sun Prairie Post Office in honor of the fire captain killed in the explosion last July.

Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson announced the bipartisan legislation Wednesday, designated the post office on Linnerud Drive in Sun Prairie as the “Fire Captain Cory Barr Post Office Building.”

Capt. Barr was killed after responding to a natural gas leak, which sparked an explosion. Baldwin and Johnson says Capt. Barr is credited with evacuating more than 100 people from a building before the blast.

Congressman Mark Pocan introduced companion legislation in the House.

“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,” said Senator Baldwin in a news release. “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.”

“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,” said Senator Johnson in the news release.

“The Sun Prairie community will forever be impacted by last summer’s tragic explosion, but because of Captain Barr’s heroic efforts, more than one hundred people were led to safety. We all owe Captain Barr our deepest respect for his exemplary service and the sacrifice he made for his community,” said Congressman Pocan in the news release. “I’m proud to introduce this resolution to dedicate the Sun Prairie Post Office as the Fire Captain Cory Barr Post Office and I’m grateful for my colleagues’ support. Though small, this gesture will ensure that we all remember the service of Captain Barr and honor him for years to come.”

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