About this time yesterday, students from regional independent schools had arrived at West Seattle Stadium for a track meet – but were kept in their buses a while because of a situation that turned out to involve a (non-student) death. By the time we heard about it, the authorities were gone, and while there was NO indication of foul play, we have been working today to try to get more-conclusive information, to be certain. For starters, the person who originally tipped us yesterday has shared the note that an administrator sent to parents at one of the participating (non-West Seattle) schools:
… Before our team arrived at the track, a man was found unresponsive in the stands of the stadium. I was told by the facilities director of West Seattle Stadium that the man was a regular user of the track. Paramedics were immediately called to the scene and began CPR.
As teams arrived, we were asked to remain on our buses. Please know that our students did not witness the paramedics performing CPR, nor did they at any time see the man. Unfortunately, paramedics were unable to revive him. We remained on the bus until the paramedics were able to clear the scene.
Before we got off the bus, I informed the students of the situation. We wanted them to know the truth, rather than hear it from others with incorrect information.
SFD could say only that their medics were called to try to revive someone – and no hospital transport was needed, which usually means the worst. And we just heard back minutes ago from SPD, which reports: “A man was apparently jogging when he sat on the bleachers and was found unresponsive and later died.”
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