Philip Howard “Phil” Neubich Sr.

Philip Howard “Phil” Neubich Sr.

EMMITSBURG, MD– A Spooner firefighter will be among the four from Wisconsin that the U.S. Fire Service will honor during the 38th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday, Oct. 6.

Ninety-two firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2018 and 27 who died in previous years will be remembered at the national service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

The four Wisconsinites that will be honored are:

> Firefighter Philip H. Neubich Sr., 69, of the Spooner Fire District, who died on April 25, 2018, at home within 24 hours of responding to a reported gas leak at a residence.

> Captain Cory Barr, 34, of the Sun Prairie Fire Department, who died on July 10, 2018, after suffering injuries from being knocked down under a rubble pile as a result of an explosion.

 > Firefighter and paramedic Richard L. Garner Jr., 29, of the Madison Fire Department, who died on April 1, 2018, of a heart attack after completing a 48-hour shift.

> Captain Christopher P. Truman, 46, of the Lake Mills Fire Department, who died on December 31, 2018, from injuries in a motor vehicle accident when he stopped to help a person who was in a single-vehicle crash. He was hit by another vehicle that swerved into the emergency lane.  

Their names will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the Academy grounds. The national tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration. 

More than 5,000 people, including families, friends, members of Congress, Administration officials, and firefighters are expected to attend on Sunday. Firefighter Honor Guards and Pipe & Drum units from across the United States will participate in the national remembrance. 

Two other firefighters from fire departments in Washburn County are listed at the memorial: Ronald D. Ruprecht of the Stone Lake Fire Department, who died in 2011, and John H. Colbert of the Birchwood Fire Department, who died in 2012.

List, livestreaming

A complete list of fallen firefighters being honored and a widget to display their information on a website, along with Memorial Weekend-related videos, photos, media, and broadcast information, is at

The event can be livestreamed at


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