Outdoor School employee dies of ‘drug-related causes’


Cameron Faltersack began working there in September 2019

Cameron Faltersack in a photo seen on the Canby Grove Outdoor School website, October 29, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — 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 October 23, Jennifer Basham said in the letter dated October 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.

His family provided documents to KOIN 6 News showing his record was expunged in 2018. The Oregon Department of Corrections told KOIN 6 News they have no record of the court-ordered expungement.

“Cameron was a valued outdoor school employee and he will be missed,” she 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.”

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 September 11, Conroy said.

KOIN 6 News will have more information later in the day.

Read: Letter to parents about Cameron Faltersack’s death

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