Autopsy Results on New York Firefighter Stricken at State Fire Academy

Questions remain about training

Bill Carey
28 July 2021

BRADFORD COUNTY, Pennsylvania – The Bradford County Coroner’s Office reported on the cause of death of Watertown, New York firefighter Peyton L.S. Morse last week.

Morse, 21, was found unresponsive inside a 20-feet long plywood tunnel during SCBA training in March at the New York State Fire Academy in Montour Falls, New York.

The coroner’s office determined the cause of death was an anoxic brain injury, cardiac arrest and consequence of physical exertion while using SCBA.

Watertown Fire Chief Matthew Timerman said NIOSH investigators determined that Morse’s SCBA had been working properly.

The United States Fire Administration lists Morse death as such:

Age: 21
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: March 3, 2021
Date of death: March 12, 2021
Cause of death: Unknown
Nature of death: Unknown
Activity type: Fitness Activity
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

In addition to the NIOSH investigation, the New York Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau and a private investigation firm hired by the city are investigating the incident.

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Photo courtesy of the New York Stater Fire Academy, Facebook.

Published by Data Not Drama

Data Not Drama is writings that provide a point of critical thought about firefighter fatality data and education, line of duty deaths, and risk. The main focus is to encourage less risk aversion and better knowledge on the subject of firefighter fatalities in firefighters, fire departments, and fire service organizations.

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