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Former CK teacher falls 30 feet to his death

What started out as a regular day on the job Tuesday, ended in death for 73-year-old Kenneth Lund who fell 30 feet down a dumbwaiter shaft at an oyster processing facility in Seabeck.

Eight Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue firefighters and four command officers responded to the call at the facility located on Misery Point at about 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Theresa MacLennan, CKFR spokeswoman, said crews were able to immediately extricate Lund who was unconscious, unresponsive but had a pulse.

Lund had been working on improvised scaffolding that was approximately three stories in the air when he fell.

“It’s my understanding that the man inadvertently missed his step and fell down the dumbwaiter shaft,” MacLennan added. “Our crews performed CPR, he was unconscious but he did have a pulse.”

After being rushed to Harrison Medical Center Bremerton by ambulance, Lund was pronounced dead.

A prominent figure of Central Kitsap High School’s past, Lund began his career at the school as a basketball coach and math teacher, according to former co-worker and friend Jack Jenson. He then became a vice principal for a number of years. Lund then returned to the classroom before becoming the school’s athletic director, according to Jenson.

“He was one of the world’s nicest guys,” he added. “I’ve known Ken for a long time, he was a nice guy and a very good teacher.”

Jenson added that during Lund’s time at the school, he also was the assistant football coach and a golf coach. Lund taught math at Olympic High School as well.

“He was with the district for many years,” Jenson said. “His career at CK was good, I admired him.”

Once he retired from Olympic High School, Jenson said Lund then worked in construction at the Hood Canal Oyster Co. processing plant on Misery Point.

“I hate to see a tragedy befall a man like that,” Jenson said.

The death was ruled as accidental with the cause of death being multiple blunt force injuries to the head, chest and abdomen, according to the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office.

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