SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) — As people remember the explosion that killed a firefighter and leveled downtown Sun Prairie businesses, they’re finding ways to support their community one year later.
Eddie’s Alehouse on Main Street was full at lunchtime, as people honored Capt. Cory Barr with a special burger named for him.
Terry Twedell and her husband showed up because they wanted to support a downtown business on the anniversary of the tragedy.
The couple has been in Sun Prairie for almost 50 years and they’re both retired teachers.
Terry says she was Capt. Barr’s fourth grade teacher and still remembers him as a strong person.
“I knew that he was destined for something very special. I would have never wished this, but I think that he knew what his calling was. And he would have, you know, gone into any building, not just his building to make sure everyone was safe,” she said.
The couple said the ceremony Wednesday night is a perfect way to celebrate how Sun Prairie has gotten stronger since the incident.
“We walked the streets when it was demolished here and now we’re going to walk down to celebrate this evening, down to the firehouse and down to where the Barr House stood,” Terry said.
About a dozen stores and restaurants in town were offering specials or raising money for firefighters or Barr’s family.