City Calls for Independent Investigation into New York Firefighter’s Death

City Manager Mix said the city has costs tied to Morse’s death, and one reason for the investigation is to find where responsibility lies.
Watertown Firefighter Peyton Lane S. Morse

Watertown to hire a private investigator

FirefighterNation Staff

WATERTOWN, New York – Watertown City Manager Ken Mix has told WWNY that the city has hired a private investigation firm to determine why Firefighter Peyton Morse died after a medical emergency while in training at the New York State Fire Academy at Montour Falls on March 3, 2021.

Firefighter Morse died on March 12 while in the intensive care unit at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

Morse’s exact cause of death has not yet been determined.

Bradford County Coroner Thomas Carman said earlier that it could be several weeks before pathology, toxicology and microscopic results are known, and a cause of death can be determined.

City Manager Mix said the city has costs tied to Morse’s death, and one reason for the investigation is to find where responsibility lies.

“I think it would help the family to find out what happened to their son, and we would just like to have some answer to that, because there’s a potential for continuing to send our recruits down to the academy for training. We want to make sure that it’s going to be a safe place for them,” Mix said.

Mix told WWNY that if the investigation finds the state had some responsibility, the city could bring a claim against them.

There is no timeline for how long the investigation will take.

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