Last Updated on October 22, 2021 by Maggie Sutton
He was a 34 year old family man, business owner, and 15-year veteran volunteer firefighter for the Sun Prairie, WI fire department until July 10, 2018 when Captain Cory Barr responded to his last call. Family members, loved ones, thousands of community members and fellow first responders paid their respects and said their goodbyes to Captain Barr on Saturday, July 14 following an explosion that took his life.
The Homes for Heroes Foundation, in conjunction with the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation (PFFWCF), provided a $5,000 grant to help support Cory’s wife, Abby and their twin daughters.
Captain Barr Made the Ultimate Sacrifice but Saved Lives
Police received a report of a gas leak around 6:21 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10 and started to evacuate the downtown Sun Prairie area. Captain Barr responded to the gas leak call. As he was evacuating people nearby and shutting off the gas line, the bar next door exploded. Captain Cory Barr made the ultimate sacrifice. The blast also injured a dozen others and leveled several buildings. One Sun Prairie resident said, “It could have been a lot worse. He saved so many lives.” The blast not only took his life but it destroyed the family business, the Barr House Tavern, that he and his wife Abby owned.
$5,000 Grant to PFFWCF will Help Support Barr Family
Captain Barr was laid to rest on July 14, 2018. Many promising he will never be forgotten. Captain Barr leaves behind his wife and twin daughters, but they have a supportive community behind them. To assist with some of the family’s future needs, the Homes for Heroes Foundation donated a $5,000 charitable grant to the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation (PFFWCF) to help support Captain Barr’s family during this challenging time. Featured in the photo (from left to right):
- Bill Sullivan, Assistant Chief Sun Prairie Fire Department
- Mike Wos, Executive Director Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation
- Homes for Heroes real estate specialist, Erin Swenson with Realty Executives Cooper Spransy in Madison, WI
- Randy Raven, AMEC Home Loans
- Homes for Heroes real estate specialist, Lindsay Reuter with Home Buyers Marketing II in Sun Prairie, WI
- Scott Barker, Operations Lieutenant Sun Prairie Fire Department
Many supporters have assisted the family, and if you wish to support the Barr family please visit the “Benefit for the Family of Cory Barr” Facebook page.
The PFFWCF – Committed to Community and Fire Fighter Support
The Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation (PFFWCF) is a public charity working to create a fire safe and burn free Wisconsin through four areas of programming; Burn Survivor Support, Fire Prevention, Fire Fighter Support, and Community Support.
The mission of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation is to promote, encourage, and foster fire safety, burn prevention, and public safety education. They support burn survivors of all ages, fire fighters, and the communities they serve. In this case, the PFFWCF will help support the Barr family through their loss. “We are grateful to be working with a dedicated nonprofit like the PFFWCF to assist the Barr family in this time of need,” said Homes for Heroes Foundation Director, Lisa Welsh.
The PFFWCF is a continuation of the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety. During fifteen days in 1987, the city of Milwaukee experienced three fires that took the lives of seventeen children and 3 adults. Those events prompted the Milwaukee Mayor Henry Maier to create a task force to address the fire threat in the city. The task force reached the conclusion that fire safety education, especially among children, was the key to reducing tragic fires. Their conclusion prompted the creation of The Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety, an organization that promotes fire safety and burn prevention, and also, supports burn survivors throughout the state of Wisconsin.
What is the Homes for Heroes Foundation?
The Homes for Heroes Foundation was created to help heroes and their families, like the Barr family, during challenging times of need; primarily as it pertains to housing or emergency financial assistance. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable foundation created by Homes for Heroes, Inc., helps to expand its circle of giving to American heroes who serve our nation and its communities. Every time a hero buys or sells a home using Homes for Heroes, Inc., they help fellow American heroes in need because it allows Homes for Heroes, Inc. to donate a portion of its earnings to the foundation.
The Homes for Heroes Foundation has donated over $500,000 in hero grants since 2009 to support heroes in need. If you’re interested in assisting American heroes in need, please donate to the Homes for Heroes Foundation and give back to those who serve us every day.