Assemblymen and senator ask for investigation of
Peyton Morse’s death
WATERTOWN, New York – NNY 360 reports that State Assemblyman Mark C. Walczyk and Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie are joining Assemblyman Josh Jensen in asking Attorney General Letitia A. James to investigate the death of Firefighter Peyton Lane S. Morse.
“The men and women who serve fire departments across the state know that they have dangerous, difficult jobs that often requires them to put their lives at risk,” Walczyk and Ritchie wrote. “The training they receive at state facilities prepare them for demanding work that lies ahead — but it never should jeopardize their safety. We need to take every step possible to ensure that New York State Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls is safe for attendees.”
Firefighter Morse died Friday after he suffered a medical emergency while training at the state fire academy in Montour Falls almost two weeks ago.
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Assemblyman Jensen requested that the attorney general use her office to investigate the circumstances surrounding the medical emergency suffered by Morse as he was completing a SCBA confidence exercise.
Morse was found unresponsive while completing the training exercise. His low air alarm went off before he was allegedly found not breathing and with no air remaining in SCBA, Assemblyman Jensen told NNY 360.
Watertown Fire Chief Matthew Timerman called the request good news and said he wants to get to the bottom of what happened during the training.
The attorney general’s office can determine if any actions leading up to and during the training exercise may have led to Morse’s medical emergency and his death.
Assemblyman Jensen is also requesting that the attorney general investigate if any inappropriate actions or systemic behavior at the fire academy may have previously put firefighters in danger or caused injuries due to training protocols inconsistent with the qualifications of a professional firefighter.
The New York State Police and the Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau, are investigating what happened.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is expected to open an investigation this week.