New Rochelle Fire Fighter Intoxicated at Time of Death

Keith Morris was killed in a boating accident in Connecticut in July.

New Rochelle fire fighter Keith Morris was legally intoxicated at the time of his death July 23.

Toxicology results released this week by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection shows that Morris had a blood alcohol content level of .25.

In Connecticut, the standard for boating under the influence is .08, according to department spokesman Dennis Schain.

Morris was killed when the boat he was piloting hit a breakwall the night of July 22 near the Stamford (CT) Lighthouse in the Long Island Sound. His body was found the following day.

Four passengers in the boat were rescued. They had reportedly been at the Crab Shell, a waterfront restaurant and bar in Stamford, before the accident.

Morris was born on Sept. 29, 1981 in New Rochelle. He was a firefighter with the New Rochelle Fire Department for over eight years.

Marbix0219 December 14, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I did know Keith personally, for the majority of our lives thus far actually. Keith was a wonderful person who was always up for a laugh or to be a clown to offer you a laugh. His family are all very sweet, generous people and I feel for them in this time of sorrow that will truly never go away but it will become manageable. I don't believe that you have to know an individual personally to feel sorrow for them or their loved ones regardless of poor judgment in situations. I know I am not perfect and that I have made some silly decisions in my life, thankfully I have come out the other side. This doesn't make me a better/worse person than the individuals who didn't come out the other side, this makes me LUCKY. This is news and I understand that in our world of all forms of media, this "HAS" to be reported. For this fact alone, I respect the story since it did not cast any judgment on him as an individual, it simply reported a fact. Take from it what you will, but be assured of one thing... Keith was a gentle, sweet, funny & caring man with a true sense of living in every moment as it came. "Every man dies, not every man really lives"
Marbix0219 December 14, 2012 at 02:19 PM
For the record, you did say reckless: "Thank god he didn't take another life along with his with this reckless decision to operate..." Not arguing at all, just want it to be clear.
Marbix0219 December 14, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Stephany - "i really hope i do not see the family going after the crab shell for $$$..nobody forced it down his throat." This was a really ugly thing for you to say regardless if you knew this man or not. But it's truly obvious that you clearly have no idea who this man was or who his family is.
Kelly December 15, 2012 at 12:50 AM
At the end of the day a young life was lost. A community suffered a loss unimaginable despite how that loss occurred. For our community to be so caught up in such an irrelevant piece of information, and I MEAN IRRELEVANT, AS KEITH IS SADLY NO LONGER WITH US on a day where 28 people, INNOCENT children, by A CALCULATING MURDERER were taken is sickening. Keith's BAC level is neither here nor there today, as he is not here. Keep his memory alive, his story in your hearts, and learn from it. Pay attention to what does really matter, like YOUR CHILDREN, AND HAVING THE FEAR OF GOD INSTILLED IN GOING TO SCHOOL!!! KEITHS FAMILY HAS TO MOVE ON FROM THEIR LOSS AND YOU ALL WITH YOUR NEGATIVE OPINIONS NEED TO MOVE ON AS WELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Elizabeth December 17, 2012 at 04:23 PM
He was drunk. He was driving. He was an adult. He took the lives of himself and three other people into his own hands. Thankfully, as cruel as it sounds, he didn't take any other lives with him. Unfortunately, it really doesn't matter that he was nice, generous, a fireman, or a humanitarian; it has nothing to do with the fact that he made a drastic mistake that took his own life. The entire situation is negative but we should all be hopeful that someone learns from this tragedy. Wonderful people make mistakes, unfortunately they are not the only people that pay for them sometimes. It does't make them horiible, terrible people. It makes them a statistic. A lesson to be learned and hole in someones heart.


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