WATERTOWN – Hearth Chief Jeff VanBrocklin and members of the Watertown Hearth Division perched Monday afternoon on the Massey Road Outer Overpass to pay their respects as a procession introduced dwelling city firefighter Peyton Morse dwelling .
State troopers drove the hearse alongside the 130-mile highway from Binghamton to the Cummings Funeral Residence on Sterling Road.
Dozens of police and fireplace automobiles joined en route on Interstate 81. First responders lined up on different overpasses alongside the busy freeway to pay their respects.
The motorcade introduced the fallen younger firefighter dwelling from a hospital in Binghamton after he died on Friday from a medical emergency he suffered whereas coaching on the firefighters academy in state 12 days in the past.
“It is very important help our brother,” mentioned Chef VanBrocklin. “The hearth division is a superb group.”
An American flag hung from two ladder vehicles because the group stood at consideration because the firefighter’s physique and automobiles handed below the overpass simply exterior town limits.
David Roof, president of the Watertown Metropolis Ambulance Service, and his spouse Linda by no means met Mr. Morse, however they knew what he meant to the group.
“He wished to serve the group,” she mentioned.
Below the surveillance of relations, firefighters and legislation enforcement, the casket, draped in an American flag, was transported contained in the funeral dwelling, a century-old household enterprise. His journey dwelling started at a hospital in Sayre, Penn., The place he died.
Charles Stage, a pal of his who knew him from a church playgroup, was standing throughout the road. He mentioned that seeing his pal lastly come dwelling was a particularly shifting and emotional expertise.
“You need to maintain that stiff higher lip,” he says. “I could not simply collapse and cry, I wished to be powerful.
A couple of minutes earlier and some blocks away, his colleagues lined up exterior the Massey Road fireplace station to say hey. Mr. Morse, 21, had simply began a profession he noticed as his dream job.
About 30 Metropolis Corridor staff stood quietly alongside Sterling Road to pay tribute to him. One other group of individuals gathered close by.
Deputy Metropolis Clerk Margaret Puccia mentioned that they had by no means met Mr Morse, however was one other metropolis worker, in order that they made positive to pay tribute to him.
“It is simply how unhappy it’s that such a younger life is over,” she mentioned.
Ashley Reff, a resident of LaFargeville, waited for Mr. Morse’s funeral procession to move. She mentioned she didn’t know Mr. Morse personally, however that they attended the identical colleges. She mentioned she wished to come back out and help him one final time.
“I am simply right here to supply help,” she mentioned. “He was a lot youthful than me, too younger to know me.
On March 3, Mr. Morse was attending a recruit firefighter coaching program on the New York State Academy of Hearth Science in Montour Falls, close to Watkins Glen. He was coaching to hitch the Watertown Hearth Division.
Throughout a part of the coaching program, he suffered from a medical emergency. He was rushed to a neighborhood hospital, stabilized after which airlifted to Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Penn.
Mr. Morse remained in Sayre hospital, within the intensive care unit, for greater than per week. On March 6, whereas nonetheless in intensive care, he obtained his Watertown Hearth Division badge – Badge # 94. A marriage ceremony was additionally carried out along with his fiancee at his bedside that day.
Name hours for him might be 2 to six p.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clayton. His funeral mass might be celebrated on the church at 11 a.m. on Friday.
State police and the Workplace of Public Staff Security and Well being, or PESH, are investigating what occurred. The Nationwide Institute for Occupational Security and Well being, or NIOSH, can be anticipated to open an investigation this week.
The town may additionally open its personal investigation, Metropolis Supervisor Kenneth A. Combine mentioned on Monday.
Journalist Alex Gault contributed to this report.