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J.J. Watt donates $10K to help fallen firefighter's family

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has donated $10,000 to help the family of a Wisconsin firefighter killed in an explosion

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    In a view looking northwest from above, the aftermath of a gas explosion is seen Wednesday in downtown Sun Prairie. At the top right of the image is the site of the former Barr House, where the explosion originated and leveled the building. Sun Prairie fire Capt. Cory Barr was killed Tuesday when the explosion leveled most of a city block, including the tavern Barr owned.

    Associated Press

MADISON — Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has donated $10,000 to help the family of a Wisconsin firefighter killed in an explosion.

A natural gas leak in downtown Sun Prairie led to an explosion Tuesday evening that claimed the life of Sun Prairie Fire Department Capt. Cory Barr. He leaves behind a wife and 3-year-old twin daughters.

Kate Cichy, a spokeswoman for GoFundMe, said in a news release Wednesday evening that Watt has donated $10,000 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.


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