The Sun Prairie Media Center (SPMC) is honored to release “Sun Prairie Stronger”, an hour-long documentary marking the fifth anniversary of the tragic gas explosion that occurred in downtown Sun Prairie on July 10, 2018, which took the life of Sun Prairie Fire Captain Cory Barr.

This documentary is the culmination of extensive efforts to gather compelling footage and interviews that detail the incident and detail the incident, the city’s response, and the community’s outpouring of support to all who were impacted. The video includes exclusive interviews with key figures such as Mayor Paul Esser, Aaron Oppenheimer, City Administrator, Fire Chief Chris Garrison, Sun Prairie police officials, and other individuals who contributed to the remarkable rebuilding of the city’s infrastructure.

To produce this project, SPMC collaborated with Steve Donovan Film and Video, a video production company based in New Glarus, who assisted in editing the footage together to communicate the story. Dan Presser, host of Sun Prairie News, conducted the interviews.

“This project holds tremendous significance for me,” said Steve Donovan, owner of Steve Donovan Film and Video. “It is an honor to be involved, and I hope that the documentary will capture the indomitable strength and love that define this incredible community.”

“Stronger Sun Prairie” encapsulates the resilient and unwavering spirit of Sun Prairie, illustrating the community’s remarkable ability to come together in the face of unexpected challenges.

July 10, 2018, stands as a pivotal day in Sun Prairie’s history, and this documentary will help ensure that those who dedicated themselves to saving lives, protecting property, and rebuilding downtown will forever be remembered.

The documentary will be available for on-demand viewing starting July 10, 2023, exclusively at Additionally, viewers can access the documentary through the Sun Prairie Media Center Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV channels, as well as the Sun Prairie Media Center’s free mobile app, available for download on the App Store or Google Play.

Please note that the content contains graphic material that may be harmful or traumatizing to some viewers. It includes real-time footage of downtown Sun Prairie during and after the incident and fire on July 10, 2018. This includes scenes of properties engulfed in flames, devastated structures and vehicles, and interviews where individuals discuss their injuries. Viewer discretion is advised. This video may not be suitable for children or those with post-traumatic stress disorder.