No citations issued for fire academy in death of Watertown firefighter

  • Source: WWNY-TV 7 FOX 28 Watertown
  • Published: 11/19/2021 01:39 PM

One investigation into the death of Watertown firefighter Peyton Morse is complete and it lets the state off the hook. No citations for the New York State Academy of Fire Science and Watertown’s fire chief calls that “disgusting and sickening.” On March 3, Morse experienced a medical emergency at the academy in Montour Falls. He was crawling through small tubes while wearing turnout gear and a breathing apparatus when he couldn’t breathe and called out for help. Because an ambulance wasn’t available, Morse was taken to a hospital in a state-owned van. Morse remained in a coma and died 9 days later. Watertown Fire Chief Matt Timerman confirms he spoke with investigators from the Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau, or PESH, which investigates on-the-job injuries and deaths when it involves a public worker.


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