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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) has led the entire Wisconsin congressional delegation in introducing legislation to designate the Sun Prairie post office as the “Fire Captain Cory Barr Post Office Building.” The legislation honors Fire Captain Cory James Barr, a first responder who was killed by an explosion while responding to the July 2018 natural gas leak in Sun Prairie.

“The Sun Prairie community will forever be impacted by last summer’s tragic explosion, but because of the heroic efforts of Captain Barr and his fellow first responders, more than one hundred people were led to safety. We all owe Captain Barr our deepest respect for his service and the sacrifice he made for his community,” said Congressman Pocan. “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.”

“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. “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.”

“On the evening of July 10, 2018, Captain Cory Barr showed us what dedication to community means,” said Sun Prairie Mayor Paul Esser. “Naming our Post Office in his honor is just a small token of our immense gratitude. Cory was an inspiration to the entire community and through this action his memory will live on in our community.”

Pocan’s legislation is cosponsored by every member in the Wisconsin congressional delegation, including U.S. Representatives Bryan Steil (WI-01), Ron Kind (WI-03), Gwen Moore (WI-04), Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05), Glenn Grothman (WI-06), Sean Duffy (WI-07), and Mike Gallagher (WI-08). U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has introduced companion legislation in the Senate that is cosponsored by U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI).

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