Firefighter Critical, Instructors Removed, after Incident at NY Fire Academy

A Watertown firefighter is in critical but stable condition after suffering a medical emergency while training.
(New York State Academy of Fire Science photo, Facebook)

Investigation started into Watertown
firefighter’s medical emergency

FirefighterNation Staff

MONTOUR FALLS, New York – WWNY reports that some instructors at the New York State Academy of Fire Science have been administratively removed from the training schedule following an incident where a Watertown firefighter experienced a medical emergency while training in Montour Falls.

A state spokesperson says the current recruit class is set to resume training on Tuesday. They are currently on scheduled time off.

23-year-old Watertown firefighter Peyton Morse experienced a medical emergency Wednesday at the training facility that left him in critical but stable condition.

Firefighter Morse is in the intensive care unit at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania.

No specific details have been provided regarding how Morse ended up in the hospital.

The state spokesperson told WWNY that some of the 16 fire departments with recruits at the academy may choose not to send their firefighters back.

The academy understands the decision by some departments to withdraw from the program and that any recruit who withdraws can complete the training at any time in the future.

The Watertown Firefighters Benevolent Association is starting a collection for Peyton Morse as an account is being created for expenses related to the incident.

You can donate by sending a check to:

Watertown Firefighters Benevolent Association / Peyton Morse Fund
Watertown Savings Bank
111 Clinton Street
Watertown, NY 13601

Or send money direct to Station 1 at:

Watertown Firefighters Benevolent Association Peyton Morse Fund
224 S Massey Street
Watertown NY 13601

Please add Peyton Morse to memo line.

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