Peter's Story Premieres on MFD Website

October 4, 2010

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