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FVCC Student Death Still Under Investigation

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The death of a student at Flathead Valley Community College has many still searching for answers.

Sixty-year-old Peter Mahlum of Bigfork was a Vietnam War veteran using his benefits to pay for classes at FVCC.

Monday, September 23, around 8:30 a.m., officials say he took a fatal fall from scaffolding into a 55-gallon barrel off Hutton Ranch Road--right behind the round-a-bout--while he was working on a project with the Building Trade Program.

Although his family did not want to speak on camera, one of his two sons, Nick Mahlum, also a veteran, told ABC FOX Montana's Parker Collins that, in the family's eyes, it truly was an accident, as of now. They are still waiting for more details to be released from the ongoing investigation.

"At this time we know it's an accident and there's an investigation ongoing," said Jane Karas, the president of FVCC.

Building Trade Program classes did not meet today and will not resume until the investigation is complete.

"We're just very sorry and our thoughts and prayers are with the family," said Karas, "It was a very sad, tragic incident."

The family is in the process of planning a private memorial service for a man who, according to Nick Mahlum, was "a wonderful father."

Peter Mahlum was taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center right after the incident, where he was pronounced dead.

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