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Peyton Morse


On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, Firefighter Peyton Morse suffered a medical emergency at a training exercise.  He was immediately rushed to the hospital where he remained in the Critical Care Unit.  He passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021.  An investigation into the incident is ongoing. 

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Department information

City of Watertown Fire Department
224 South Massey ST
Watertown, New York 13601

Chief: Matthew Timerman

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

Last updated: March 15, 2021

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