USM security policy under review following employee's death

6:47 PM, Oct 31, 2012   |    comments
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KINGFIELD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The death of a USM employee has the campus in mourning, and reviewing its security policies.

David Norton, 45, suffered a stroke in his IT office at the Portland USM campus on October 5.

That was the start of Columbus Day weekend, and campus was shut down for the three-day weekend.

No one discovered Norton for five days.

He laid on his office floor, struggling to surive.

Campus policy is to check each room by rattling the door knob to make sure doors are locked.

Norton's parents said if campus policy was to open the door and check inside, someone might have found their son before it was too late.

"I konw this was a medical problem, and I know it was sudden," said Linda Norton, David's mother.

"But the first few hours after a stroke are the golden hours and he had to wait five days," she said.

USM officials met on Tuesday to review security policy.

"As a result of this, we really feel obligated to take a look at these policies and determine if changes can be made to make sure we're doing all that we can to ensure the safety of everybody here," said USM Executive Director of Public Affairs Bob Caswell.

"It's just so important things changed so that he didn't die in vain," said LInda.


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