Community remembers kindness, adventurous spirit of longtime Advertiser photographer Peter Piazza


On his second date with Dee La Vergne and Peter Piazza, he answered a phone call about a chemical spill near Plaque Mins. Lafayette’s videographer at the time (late 1970s) had to get down there to shoot, but instead of changing her schedule, she asked her to tag her.

They took a long drive and in the summer heat with other media, “Don’t tell me where I went” when Piazza sneaked away to get closer to the action in an ambulance. I waited until I whispered.

He didn’t go for five and a half hours and Lavergne was stuck in his car without a key. She sat inside until she couldn’t stand the heat, and she stood outside and repeated until she couldn’t catch the mosquitoes.


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