SBCC employee passes away in medical emergency on campus
Early this morning, Dustin Green, a City College food service facility operator, passed away due to a medical emergency.
A staff member found him unresponsive in his office this morning. Santa Barbara Police Department responded to the call along with a crime scene investigator, who determined there was no foul play.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Dustin,” said City College Superintendent-President Dr. Lori Gaskin. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, their children, and his SBCC colleagues during this most difficult time.”
Luz Reyes-Martin, interim public information officer for City College, said she was notified of the emergency responders around 7 a.m. Green was then transferred to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he passed away.
The Board of Trustees adjourned their meeting today in his memory.
“He passed away unexpectedly,” Dr. Gaskin said. “And leaves behind a family as well as grieving colleagues.”
Sergeant Riley Harwood, public information officer at the police department, said the case is now in the hands of the county coroner’s office.
“It looks like it was just a medical emergency,” he said. “People pass away.”
The Channels has reached out to the coroner’s office to determine the cause of death, but has not yet heard back.
“It’s understandably a very traumatic experience for his colleagues,” Reyes-Martin said.
Dr. Gaskin sent an email campus-wide announcing that a group counseling session will be held at 9:15 a.m. tomorrow morning in the Gourmet Dining Room for any employees in need of support.