WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) – Despite calls to do so, the state’s attorney general won’t investigate the death of Watertown firefighter Peyton Morse. We’ve also learned Watertown’s fire chief has data from Morse’s breathing apparatus that makes him worry his recruit may have been pushed too far at the training facility.
Firefighter Morse died after a medical emergency during what’s called “mask confidence,” a training evolution at the state site in Montour Falls.
Assemblyman Mark Walczyk says the state Attorney General’s Office explained to him it could become a conflict of interest for the AG if that office has to defend the academy for some reason.
And if there’s a reason the academy needs to be defended, Watertown Fire Chief Matt Timerman wants to know it.
He says things are moving slowly, and the data he possesses has him concerned about the academy’s training culture.
“Even at the pace we’re at right now, it’s frustratingly slow, the pace that we’re at right now,” said Timerman.
It’s the first time Timerman has spoken to 7 News since the death of his recruit, Peyton Morse.