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Cameron Faltersack, who was convicted of possessing meth in 2014, died last week

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 - Cameron Faltersack in a photo seen on the Canby Grove Outdoor School website, Oct. 29, 2019.

A "valued" employee of the Canby Grove Outdoor School died from drug-related causes last week, the Outdoor School coordinator said in a letter to parents.

Cameron Faltersack, whose work nickname was "Tumbleweed," had a medical emergency Oct. 23, Jennifer Basham said in the letter dated Oct. 28.

"Because the employee's death was drug-related, law enforcement responded to the scene and investigated the incident. Law enforcement has confirmed that no other ODS employees or students were involved in the circumstances surrounding the death," Basham wrote.

She added no other employees or students were involved and authorities said releasing the information now would "no longer jeopardize their ongoing investigation."

Faltersack was listed as a Program Leader at the school. KOIN 6 News confirmed with the Oregon Department of Corrections that in 2014, he was convicted of possessing meth and given an 18-month probation sentence. Records show he completed that probation in June 2016.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Pictured is Canby Grove's Adventure Village.

In a statement to KOIN 6 News, the spokesperson for the Multnomah Education Service District, Laura Conroy, described this as "a heartbreaking situation."

She said it is also "an example of the impact that drugs are having in our neighborhoods and communities."

Conroy said all applicants are fingerprinted and run through a background check by the Oregon Department of Education.

"We received a cleared notice from ODE for Cameron," she said.

Faltersack began working at the Canby Grove Outdoor School on Sept. 11, Conroy said.

"Cameron was a valued outdoor school employee and he will be missed," Basham wrote. "Please join us in keeping this young man and his family in your thoughts during this difficult time, and take good care of yourselves and your students."

Information for this story was provided by KOIN 6, a Pamplin Media Group news partner. The story may be updated when more information becomes available.


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