Watertown to conduct investigation into death of fallen city firefighter

Updated: Apr. 1, 2021 at 4:15 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Watertown has hired a private investigation firm to find out why a city firefighter died after a medical emergency at a state training facility on March 3rd.

The news was confirmed by City Manager Ken Mix.

Peyton Morse died on March 12th at a Pennsylvania hospital.

Mix said the city has costs tied to the firefighters death, and one reason for the investigation is to find where responsibility lies.

He said if the investigation finds the state had some responsibility, Watertown could bring a claim against them.

Mix said the investigation is more than just dollars and cents.

“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 said the city has given investigators the green light to start their work, but he doesn’t have a time frame for how long the investigation could take.

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