WFD statement about passing of Firefighter Peyton Morse

The Watertown Fire Department is saddened to announce the Line of Duty Death of 21-year-old Firefighter Peyton Morse, Badge # 94, on March 12, 2021.

On March 3rd, 2021 Firefighter Morse was participating in the Recruit Firefighter Training Program at the New York State Fire Academy at Montour Falls when he suffered a medical emergency.  Firefighter Morse was rushed to a local hospital where he regained a heartbeat and was life flighted to Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA.

Firefighter Morse remained in the ICU fighting for his life with his wife and family beside him.

The families, Watertown, Shaker Road-Loudonville, and LaFargeville Fire Departments wish to thank everyone for the prayers and numerous displays of support.  Peyton’s entire life was dedicated to helping people and he would want all of us to continue his mission in life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:

Watertown Firefighters Benevolent Association/Peyton Morse Fund

Watertown Savings Bank
111 Clinton St.
Watertown, NY 13601


WFD Station 1/Watertown Firefighters Benevolent Association
Peyton Morse in the memo line
224 South Massey St
Watertown, NY 13601

The calling hours and funeral arrangements will be detailed in a future release.

Chief Matthew Timerman