Household shares story of Veteran behind standoff


ADRIAN, Mich. — It has been two days since a day-long standoff in Adrian. The barricaded man, Randy Stidham took his life through the standoff, the place police say he shot at them.

Randy’s household says he was a Navy Veteran struggling with PTSD. His demise remains to be very recent of their minds, however they are saying an outpouring of group assist helps them via. 

Since phrase received out about his passing, catering teams have provided to feed individuals after the funeral, the native Eagles Membership will probably be internet hosting the meal and a church even donated his funeral plot.

A bit of memorial has slowly been rising exterior Stidham’s home because the Could 1 standoff. The home windows have been boarded up and tarps are hanging over the fence, however his POW/MIA flag nonetheless flies.

“He was form of a quiet man, he saved to himself, however he cherished biking, he cherished his canine, they have been the sunshine of his world,” Stidham’s sister, Jennifer Durell stated.

Randy Stidham served within the US Navy from 1979 to 1984. Bringing him to Hawaii and Manchester in these 5 years.

His household says Randy had PTSD and prior to now few months, he was struggling, going from VA hospital to VA hospital to try to get care.

“He handled melancholy, he had his down occasions, lows, he had durations of time the place he would simply isolate,” Durell stated.

Regardless of the difficulty, they have been shocked to study in regards to the standoff that started early Wednesday morning.

“What I do not need is for them to recollect advert it is actually laborious as a result of you’ll be able to’t management how they bear in mind somebody, however I do not need them to recollect him as that man who went ‘loopy,'” Durell stated.

She stated whereas the ending to his story was harmful, they’re so glad to see the group rally to recollect him. Additionally they wish to use Randy’s story for good.

“If we might hold one other Veteran from going via what he needed to undergo, from retaining one other household from having to undergo this, it might be value it,” Durell stated.


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