Watertown firefighter put in a van and taken to hospital
MONTOUR FALLS, New York – WWNY is reporting how a critically injured Watertown firefighter was not transported by ambulance to a hospital after experiencing a medical emergency at a state training facility.
23-year-old Peyton Morse is in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania.
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Firefighter Morse was doing a drill involving breathing apparatus when he became unresponsive.
The exact details on what happened to Morse have not been released.
WWNY reports sources say Morse eventually got medical attention from people at the State Academy of Fire Science, but when 911 was called, the closest ambulance was at least 20 minutes away.
A decision was made to put Morse in a state-owned van, a non-emergency vehicle, and take him to Schuyler Hospital.
From there Morse was flown to Sayre.
WWNY filed a Freedom of Information request with Schuyler County to get the 911 transcripts but that request was denied.
The Watertown fire chief and the New York State Professional Firefighters Association, which called the incident life-threatening and a disturbing series of events, have requested an investigation.
While the absence of an ambulance is one concern, it’s one of many parts that need to be investigated.