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Suicide Victim Identified as Iraq War Veteran

Bartholomew Ryan, 32, and a resident of East Meadow, took his own life at the Nassau County Jail on Friday.

Authorities have identified the man at the Friday as Bartholomew Ryan, 32, an Iraq War veteran and a resident of East Meadow, according to Newsday.

According to Nassau County Homicide Squad detectives, Ryan committed suicide by hanging and was found by a correction officer in his cell at approximately 3:30 p.m. He was then transported to where he was pronounced dead at 4:20 p.m.

Ryan was detained on misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs and excessive speed, according to Newsday. He had only been at the East Meadow-based jail for one day before taking his life.

From Newsday:

Ryan, who was unemployed and periodically lived with relatives, was an electrical engineer who served from 2003 to 2008 based in Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. His family said they accept that Ryan had a persistent drug problem and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder, but they are angry that he could survive a war zone and die while in custody at home.

"I don't understand how somebody who's diagnosed with these things, who was on five different psych meds, can be put in a facility and not watched," Tom Ryan, his brother, told Newsday. "How could it be that he was put in a place with any instrument including a bed sheet or whatever?"

"Upon admission to the facility, he was examined by both medical and mental health staff before being placed on the special housing tier in the new admission area," Nassau County Sheriff Michael Sposato said in an email to Newsday.

The East Meadow-based jail has been under , as the number of untimely deaths at the jail continues to climb.

Should there be an investigation into practices in the jail? Tell us in the comments.

paul February 28, 2012 at 05:02 PM
As troubling as the story sounds, lets put it in perspective. The prisoners do get checked for medical clearance, psychological evaluations and the like. If someone plays the game like most inmates do they can have you believing anything they want. Even the insane ones can lead you to think they are sane when they are not. If someone is hell bent on taking there own life they will find a way. Prisoners do have rights. They have a right to, meals, shelter, semi comfortable conditions as comfortable one can be. remember it is not a country club it is a correctional facility. Example: A prisoner is entitled to a bed sheet, as long as they have passed a psychological exam etc. Then a sheet can seem like the correct thing to do. Remember if someone is hell bent on taking there life they will find a way....
ROBERT February 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Well said
Brian Adragna February 29, 2012 at 12:32 AM
BRIAN ADRAGNA This local resident voluntarily went war for our behalf, he came back with multiple problems and needed our help and assistance, his family tried and tried and ran into waiting list for limited resources. The best we could do for him is throw him behind bars unattended after he's been diagnosed with post traumatic disorder and put on different meds. Veterans of this country should be first in line to receive help, and sadly this is not the case. Never forget those who deserve the admiration and assistance they have earned with their service.
Julie Papa February 29, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Very well put. As a former classmate and friend of Bart's I attended his wake - his uncle had the same sentiments when he spoke during services - his words were "His country failed him - this is no way to treat a vet." I pray that he is at peace now. Any unkind - uninformed words are not appreciated. It's sad how callous people can be - I read a few other comments on the topic earlier today and was appalled. Please realize this man, this veteran, was a son, a brother, a cousin, an uncle and a friend and his loved ones are reading your unkind words. If you have nothing nice to say then keep your damn mouth shut.
Jon L. February 29, 2012 at 03:45 AM
I understand Mr. Adragna and Ms. Papa's sediment but the time for intervention was well before Mr. Ryan (I'm sorry I don't know his rank to refer to him properly) was arrested for DUI. The VA system is over burdened at the point and without adequate funding and more awareness of services available to Gulf War and later veterans needs for PTSD and other psychological trauma from having served in that sewer in the Middle East it's only going to get worse. It becomes easy to blame the Sheriff and the CO's but the fault really lies with the entire VA healthcare system and our Federal Government that continues to fail our returning marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen
kristina dietz March 27, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Well Paul, you seem like you are a no it all. The freedom that you are able to enjoy each and everyday are because of the COURAGE of this MARINE "Bart Ryan" and others like him. And they do not deserve some coward like you who hides behind a computer and voices his opinion about situations that you are unaware of.So please take your opinion and shove it up your A**.
kristina dietz March 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Robert, what do you mean WELL SAID,, did you serve in the Miliatry????? Or did you protest ??????? This Hero that served for you committed suicide.Do you have no compassion??????
kristina dietz March 27, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I agree 100% with you Brian. He served and protected us, and certain people are so ignorant to that fact. These idiots that comment about this have no idea what they are talking about.I guess they like to just voice their ignorance in a cowardly way ,.How pathetic.
Donald Johnson April 01, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I knew this young Marine. I worked with this Young Marine and I am proud to say, that he was a fine young man, with idenified problems that were no appropriately addressed. Every serviceman and woman who graciously signs a contract to defend the freedoms and consitutional process of this country, home and abroad, should be provided a greater level of compassion, than many can ever imagine. As a combat veteran, I wan t anyone who reads this email post to understand that we (active duty service member and veteran) sign a blank check to the people of the United States for the amount "up to and including our lives!" whatever the problems, upon our return, we would hope to be provided with a greater sense of compassion and respect for our sacrifice. To the Ryan family, I send my deepest and most heartfelt apologies for the loss of and HONORED son, brother and uncle. "SEMPER FI" Marine, rest easy and at peace as I know that the heavens are as protected as the freedoms the your serviced to provide others. Donald Johnson, SSgt United States Marine Corps 1983-1996

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