Officers in St. Ignace save veteran's life

"It took a lot of courage to pick up the phone," Veteran Larry McQuiston said.

A Northern Michigan veteran is crediting the St. Ignace Police Department for saving his life while he was having a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder attack.

Retired Sergeant First Class Larry McQuiston's Veteran Affairs case worker called the police because McQuiston was about to commit suicide Thursday night.

McQuiston said the thoughts of taking his own life came after some personal problems and his PTSD became to be too much for him to bear.

â??Being alone is one of the scariest things for a soldier,â?? said McQuiston. â??Being alone is when my PTSD kicks in. It's not like I'm here; it's like I'm in Iraq.â??

St. Ignace Police Officer Merlin Doren, Michigan State Trooper Marie Nelson and Sault Tribe Police Officer Brian Adams went to McQuiston's home, talked to him and helped him to a healthcare facility to get the treatment he needed.

After McQuiston was taken to get help, Officer Doren stayed with him for a while in the room to make sure he was going to be okay.

Doren said talking to McQuiston like a friend instead of an officer helped lower Larryâ??s Anxiety.

â??Tell them â??thanks,â?? but just listen to them,â?? said Doren. â??Sometimes that's all they want you to do is just listen to them. And, it's the easiest thing in the world to do.â??

McQuiston said he is doing better and is getting the treatment he admits he needs.

â??Iâ??ve always tried to deal with stuff on my own,â?? said McQuiston. â??It took a lot of courage to pick up the phone. And to me courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the existence of fear and the will to go on.â??

According to the Department of Veterans affairs nearly 1 in 5 veterans who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars suffer from PTSD.