LCC Student Dies On Spring Break Vacation

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

A Lansing Community College student died in Panama City Beach, Florida, in what appears to be a case of spring break alcohol poisoning.

20-year-old Kyle Lamb of Potterville, Mich., was on vacation with his friends, when they found him unresponsive Wednesday night.

They were camping at a popular site for spring breakers, and Panama City Beach Chief of Police said they believe alcohol was a factor. They won't know for sure until a toxicology report is finished.

Chief Drew Whitman said Lamb's friends called 9-1-1 and did the best they could.

"They went out to the beach, and he wasn't in the shape where he could go out with them," Whitman said. "They came back and checked on him a few times, sounds like his friends really cared about him because they were checking on him constantly making sure he was taken care of."

When they came back to the campsite around 8:30 p.m., Lamb wasn't breathing. They called 9-1-1, and paramedics performed CPR, but Lamb died at the hospital around 1:00 a.m.

"It's a tragic event, and my sympathies go out to the family and friends of Mr. Lamb," Whitman said.

Those family and friends are right here in Mid-Michigan. Lamb worked at Meijer in Grand Ledge and graduated from Potterville High School just two years ago. The close-knit community is in shock.

"A lot of tears, it's been tough on a lot of staff members," Potterville High School Principal Julie Klomp said. "A lot of the teachers were close with Kyle."

One of those teachers is Dan Brunk. He was Lamb's track and cross country coach, who said he might not have been their top runner, but he played a critical role in leading his team to three state championships.

"It was just his presence," Brunk said. "Just him being part of whatever we were doing gave everybody else so much confidence. He's big and gentle, and kind of a dad to everybody it seemed like."

Lamb was even a "dad" to Brunk's own children. When Brunk's son was diagnosed with cancer, it was Lamb's idea for the team to shave their heads.

"We got everyone out in the front lawn right there, and Kyle was right there getting his head shaved," Brunk said.

He said that was a pretty big deal for a guy known for his locks and love for soaking up the sun with his friends.

"We're just really going to miss this kid," Brunk said. "He's such a big part of this school family and our family here in Potterville. When this really sets in for all of us, it's going to be a tough thing for all of us to deal with."

Brunk spoke with Kyle's mother Thursday morning. He said she's a "tough woman" and will get her family through this. Lamb's mother is in Florida now, while his younger sister is a junior at Potterville High School.

The school plans to have counselors available for students and staff.


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  • by Debbie Morris Location: Atlanta Georgia on Mar 21, 2013 at 11:42 AM
    This is in response to "someone’s Grandma" and her judgmental comment. You should be ashamed of yourself for being so cruel and judgmental! Let me guess you are one of those "Christians" too? You must be a LONG WAY from 20 years old. All young people, heck OLD people like yourself make mistakes. For example your thoughtless remarks regarding this young man. This is a very sad incident. I feel bad for this young man, his family and his friends. I would like to close in saying, Thank goodness you are not my kids "grandma"
  • by Name Location: Location on Mar 11, 2013 at 09:09 AM
    Sad to hear the news. It is amazing how one moment of mental lapse can change a life. Another funeral that is being arranged by parents on something that should not have happen. Enjoy every moment you have with your children, you do not know when it could abruptly end.
  • by Someone's grandma Location: Lansing on Mar 8, 2013 at 06:19 AM
    This may be a wonderful, close-knit family, but the fact still stands that this young man was under age and drinking himself into a coma. His friends couldn't have cared all that much -- or were they all so drunk they didn't realize what was happening? It's sad to read about these young people who can't control their drinking -- when they aren't even old enough to be drinking -- and die because of it. It's also frustrating to then read all the accolades that are written about them after they set such a horrible example for other young people.
  • by Dee & Phil Brunk Location: Crystal, Mi on Mar 7, 2013 at 06:55 PM
    How sad to hear of Kyle's death. Followed the young man for all four years in track and cross country at Pottervville High School. A very nice young man that my grandchildren liked so much. He always took time for them. He worked so hard at the running sports and the most dedicated Mom that followed her son and cheered him on.
  • by Dee & Phil Brunk Location: Crystal, Mi on Mar 7, 2013 at 06:55 PM
    How sad to hear of Kyle's death. Followed the young man for all four years in track and cross country at Pottervville High School. A very nice young man that my grandchildren liked so much. He always took time for them. He worked so hard at the running sports and the most dedicated Mom that followed her son and cheered him on.
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