MEDIA ADVISORY
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
November 14, 2007
Contact: Tiffany Champion, (210) 733-6604

Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Helen Madla, Fire Chief Charles N. Hood and the San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association hold Press Conference on Smoke Detector Awareness

(SAN ANTONIO, TX) -- On Friday, November 16, at 12:00 pm, Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Helen Madla, Fire Chief Charles N. Hood and the San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association will hold a press conference at Fire Station # 10, located at 1107 Culebra Road.

It has been almost one year, since the tragic fire that took the lives of Senator Frank Madla Jr., his granddaughter, Aleena, and his mother-in-law, Mary Cruz. Additionally, as the holiday season approaches and the weather changes, this is the perfect time to ensure our community is better equipped with smoke alarms.

Helen Madla will be in attendance to speak first-hand about the importance of fire safety and the potentially devastating consequences of not having a smoke detector in your home.

State Senator Leticia Van de Putte will be in attendance as the sponsor of House Bill 2118, authored by Rep. Joe Pickett (D-El Paso), "The Senator Frank Madla Act," which requires 1 and 2 family dwellings that begin construction after January 1, 2008, or where there is a transfer of ownership to be equipped with smoke detectors. The bill also creates a new class of license for residential fire alarm technicians, with training focused on properly installing and servicing fire alarm systems.

Fire Chief Charles N. Hood and representatives from the San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association will be on-hand to lend support and offer their services to the public on fire safety. "There is no better time than the present to do more to ensure the safety of our residents," said Senator Leticia Van de Putte. "Senator Madla's legacy lives on, as we seek to further protect Texas families in his name." "As we approach the one year anniversary of the tragic fire that took my loved ones, it is an honor to be able to help others as a tribute to my late husband, mother and granddaughter," said Helen Madla.

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