City Channel to Air Peter's Story

October 11, 2010

The emphasis on smoke alarms that is marking this year's Fire Prevention activities began to grow in public awareness following the 2007 death of 23-year-old Peter Talen. To date, the Department has installed new alarms in more than 400 homes. It's a Department-wide initiative, with the support of Fire Fighters Local 311, Local 311 Charities, and AFSCME Local 60. Beginning last week, and in the weeks to come, a fire truck in your neighborhood may well be carrying a crew installing alarms.

In 2009, the City of Madison Common Council unanimously passed a new smoke alarm ordinance named in Peter Talen's memory.

Peter had been a theatre student at UW-La Crosse prior to his death. His friends and colleagues at the campus have produced a documentary to tell the story of Peter with the hope of preventing similar tragedies.

The producers of the documentary, Academic Technology Services at UW-La Crosse, have graciously granted the City of Madison Fire Department the rights to air the documentary on the Department's website, where it can be found at:

Beginning tomorrow, October 12, at 3:00 p.m., with additional broadcasts on Saturday, October 16 at 2:45pm and 10:30pm, Monday, October 18 at 11:00am, and Sunday, October 24 at 7:30pm, the City of Madison's City Channel will air Peter's Story.

  • Lori Wirth, (608) 266-5947