Peter's Story Premieres on MFD Website

Monday, October 4, 2010 - 4:32am

The emphasis on smoke alarms that will mark this year's Fire Prevention activities began to grow in public awareness following the 2007 death of 23-year-old Peter Talen.

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


  • Lori Wirth(608) 266-5947