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Monday, November 24, 2014
State faults county jail for suicide
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Christina Daly/Herald
Correctional officers unsuccessfully tried to revive Bartholomew Ryan on Feb. 24, 2012, after they found him hanging from a bedsheet in his cell.

The report stated that an ambulance was not called during the resuscitation attempt, but was called shortly afterward, at 3:23 p.m., which prompted a recommendation at the report’s conclusion to the Office of the Nassau County Sheriff to ensure that all staff are familiar with a procedure called Public Access Defibrillation, which requires activation of emergency medical services while an AED is being used.

The report also recommended that Armor Inc. hold a quality-improvement training session with its mental health staff, focusing on the “special mental health needs” of incarcerated combat veterans. The report further advised Armor Inc. to evaluate the professional conduct of the doctor who performed an “inadequate psychiatric assessment” of Ryan.

Ryan’s mother, Lilyann Ryan, is suing the county for what she claims was the wrongful death of her son. “The report confirms what we’ve been saying all along,” said her attorney, Nicholas Warywoda. “That the Nassau County Correctional Facility didn’t do what they were supposed to do, and it cost Bart Ryan his life.”

According to Warywoda, the case is now before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Nassau County Attorney John Campioli said he was unable to comment on the case, but he did say, “It’s a tragedy when one of our veterans commits suicide.”

Referring to the report’s recommendation that the county sheriff’s office review its procedures, Campioli said, “I can tell you that the sheriff and his staff are constantly reviewing their policies and procedures so as to improve them and make them the best that they possibly can.”

In a written statement issued through a county spokesperson, Nassau County Sheriff Michael Sposato said, “Because this matter is already in litigation, we cannot comment on any specific allegations other than to state that we firmly believe that the correction officers involved in this incident responded appropriately and in accordance with their training during the resuscitation efforts.”

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