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NYSP violent crimes now investigating firefighter’s death at Schuyler facility

New York State Police will be working with the Schuyler County District Attorney’s Office to investigate the March death of a firefighter from Watertown.

Peyton Morse, 21, died nine days after suffering a medical emergency while at a training facility. The State Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls was where the incident unfolded.

Now, the Watertown Daily Times reports that the violent crimes unit with Troop E — based in Canandaigua — will assist with the investigation. Specifically, they will be looking at factors that contributed to Morse’s death. 

An autopsy determined that his death was caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain, cardiac arrest, and consequences of physical exertion while using a breathing apparatus. 

Doctors at a hospital in Sayre who treated Morse reported that he had a healthy heart and lungs with no previous health problems. They believe something ‘external’ caused his death, according to the reporting.

Watertown firefighter dies after training exercise in Montour Falls