Chief Timerman will testify next Tuesday as will Mr. Morse. The fact that a grand jury is taking testimony suggests that criminal charges are being considered in the death of this previously experienced Firefighter, who was a new employee of WFD.
A report by NY State safety experts investigating the incident at the NY State Fire Academy oddly found no violations of health or safety standards, despite the testimony of others, who said they saw instructors yelling at Morse as he lay on the floor, not breathing.
Morse’s parents have been critical of the NY State Fire Academy. They believe it’s an environment of hazing and bullying, and that their son is the victim of a crime. Chief Timerman has also been critical of the investigation into the incident. Much more to follow.
Forensic scientists said that due to the extremely high temperatures inside the fuel depot, they had not been able to identify the remains of 14 of the 16 firefighters killed. They said that while they knew who the 14 were who were fighting the fire when the second tank exploded, they were not able to match the ashes they found to individuals. Four of the eight tanks at the Matanzas depot collapsed and a huge plume of black smoke rose from the site for days.
The visitation will be Monday, August 22 at Bellevue Baptist Church, 2000 Appling Road in Cordova, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the funeral service will be held Tuesday, August 23 at 11 a.m. at Bellevue Baptist Church. Friends of Pleasant said he planned to retire next year. He’s the 55th Memphis firefighter to die in the line of duty and the first in more than six years.