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JJ Watt Continues To Show True Compassion

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, Abby Barr and 3-year-old twin daughters, who, according to Abby Barr, would shout “Daddy’s home!” whenever he walked through the door.

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 is not only a Wisconsin native but he also played college football for the University of Wisconsin. The explosion, which injured 15 and killed Barr, occurred on the corner of Main and Bristol streets after a gas main was struck by a contractor, which caused a leak. Sun Prairie is located near Madison, which is where the University of Wisconsin is located, and about 60 miles from Watt’s hometown of Pewaukee.

Barr had been a member of the Sun Prairie Fire Department for 15 years. He was also a realtor and owner of The Barr House tavern, which was one of the buildings destroyed in the explosion.

Watt’s donation is just one of over a thousand that have been made to support Barr’s family during this tragedy. But Watt’s donation also may have more of a personal connection as his father was also a firefighter. He did so after a woman tweeted him for his support.

In my opinion, the best part about this is that Watt has not yet made any public comments about the donation. He is gracious with his money, and does it for the absolute right reason. Not to be noticed, or to have people heap praises on his massive shoulders, but because it is the right thing to do. This is not the first time that Watt has donated money or time to a worthy cause. He helped raise over $37 million for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and he donated $10,000 to a Texas student who was injured during a football game.

I understand that he has made, is making and will continue to make much more money than most people reading this article. And before you criticize him because of that, we here at cleatgeeks will allow you to do a smaller part money wise, but no lesser part according to your financial means. Barr’s GoFundMe page has raised over $190,000, most of it by average people like you and I. Every little bit helps, and cleatgeeks would like to spread the word, and help all of the effected people in this tragedy that was brought to our attention by Watt’s generous donation. Therefore, GoFundMe has created a centralized page for all GoFundMe campaigns involving the Sun Prairie explosion. To donate click here.

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