Lawmaker calls for investigation into Watertown firefighter’s death at Schuyler County training facility

In early-March a Watertown firefighter died after a training exercise at a state facility in Schuyler County.

Peyton Morse was rushed to the hospital after suffering a medical emergency at the New York State Academy of Fire Science.

He was in the ICU for a week- but then died. Now, Assemblyman Josh Jensen wants Attorney General Letitia James to investigate his death.




“With this situation and others from over the past two years, it is critical that the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Fire Prevention and Control closely examine all practices of the State Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls to ensure that it is properly training the state’s firefighters, while not putting the health and safety of these men and women at an elevated level of risk,” Jensen wrote in a letter.

As of late-last week many departments around the state were holding off on sending recruits to the facility in Montour Falls. They wanted to see what an investigation would possibly dig up- or at least learn more about why, or how Morse died.

At this point, New York State Police and the Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau are investigating the incident.

Watertown firefighter dies after training exercise in Montour Falls

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