Parents of Fallen New York Firefighter Fight for Answers in Son’s Death

“I would have never imagined that if someone dies, that you don’t have a right to find out why,”
Watertown Firefighter Peyton Lane S. Morse

Watertown firefighter died during training at the
New York State Fire Academy

FirefighterNation Staff

WATERTOWN, New York – Three months after Watertown firefighter Peyton Morse died during training at the New York State Fire Academy, his parents tell WWNY that they worry the cause of their son’s death will be kept secret.

Peyton Morse died after experiencing a medical emergency at the state fire academy in Montour Falls on March 3.

Morse was doing a mask confidence training evolution. He was found unresponsive inside a 20-foot-long tunnel made of plywood.

The alarm on his SCBA went off before he was found not breathing. Morse was immediately taken to a local hospital and then airlifted to a hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania where he later died.

“The fight is to find out what happened and get the answers, and we’ve tried and tried and we’re not getting any answers,” Stacy Morse told WWNY.

The Morses don’t know who the instructors were when the incident happened or if they’re back on the job.

“I would have never imagined that if someone dies, that you don’t have a right to find out why,” said Stacy. “It has been three months. I don’t think it takes that much time to ask someone who was in that room.”

Dave Morse said he believes the fire academy failed their son and them as they seek answers.

WWNY contacted the New York Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and received the following statement, “This incident remains under investigation by the New York State Police and the Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau. The State Office of Fire Prevention and Control continues to cooperate with these investigations and has no further comment at this time.”

The New York Department of Labor declined to comment citing the incident is an open investigation.

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