City Channel to Air Peter's Story

Monday, October 11, 2010 - 9:04am

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