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Trooper Ross M. Riley | New York State Police, New York New York State Police, New York

Trooper

Ross M. Riley

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 17 years

Badge # 2105

Military veteran

Cause: Fall

Incident Date: 11/20/2013

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Trooper Ross Riley died after falling approximately 30-feet while participating in a high-angle rescue training exercise in Letchworth State Park.

As part of the exercise a life-size dummy had been placed on a ledge of a cliff over Wolf Creek. Trooper Riley, a paramedic for the agency, and two other troopers rappelled to the ledge and secured the dummy to a stretcher. As other personnel began to lift the stretcher Trooper Riley fell backwards and dropped approximately 30 feet into Wolf Creek, suffering severe head injuries.

The other two troopers immediately descended to his location and administered aid. He was transported to Wyoming County Community Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Trooper Riley was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Persian Gulf War and had served with the New York State Police for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

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Trooper Riley,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as an LEO-but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC during the Persian Gulf War. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow former Marine/LEO

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
January 8, 2014

 

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