We regret to pass on that Firefighter Peyton Morse, the 21 year old Watertown Firefighter who was hospitalized after suffering an emergency during a training exercise on March 3, has died in the Line of Duty, as confirmed by Watertown Fire Chief Matthew Timerman.
“Firefighter Morse remained in the ICU fighting for his life with his wife and family beside him,” Timerman wrote. “Peyton’s entire life was dedicated to helping people and we would want all of us to continue his mission in life.”
Morse’s family, along with the Watertown, Shaker Road-Loudonville, and LaFargeville fire departments are thanking people for their support and prayers-all of where he was a member.
Morse had been participating in an 11-week training course at the State Academy of Fire Science Training in Montour Falls, near Watkins Glen. He had been working with a breathing apparatus when he experienced an emergency, becoming unresponsive for an unknown reason. Morse was taken to a hospital in a state-owned non-EMS van, then flown to a Pennsylvania hospital where he had been listed in critical condition.
The NY State Police are investigating the incident, along with the state’s Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau, or PESH as well as NIOSH.
Much more to follow. Our condolences to all those affected by this tragic loss. Rest In Peace.