Hundreds of people lined the streets in Sun Prairie and beyond as a procession of fire trucks escorted the body of a fallen firefighter to a funeral home.
Some people held candles on Wednesday night, others held signs to pay their respects to Cory Barr and support his family, which includes his wife Abby and 3-year-old twin girls.
Fire trucks from throughout the region took part in the procession from the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office in McFarland to the Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral Home in Sun Prairie.
Barr was killed on 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.
Firefighters were back at the scene about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when a small fire re-ignited at Glass Nickel Pizza.
The Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has given $10,000 to Barr’s family.
Kate Cichy, a spokeswoman for GoFundMe, said in a news release on Wednesday evening that Watt gave the money to the GoFundMe for Barr’s family. She added that the Sun Prairie community has already raised nearly $70,000 for the family.
Watt was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and played college football at Wisconsin. He has been selected to four NFL Pro Bowls.