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


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

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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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"No better friend." Ross, you could not have been a better friend to me. You always felt like a true brother. My family and I think of you everyday. Even with your passing, your special way of serving the public and your constant professionalism is still talked about. I am proud to have had you in my life. The people of the State of NY, are lucky to have had you too. There are many times Ive felt that you are with me on patrol. One day I hope we will meet again. Until then, please watch over us Ross. May we pass on to the new Troopers your passion for tradition, selfless service, family, and honor. You live on in our hearts Grey Rider!

Trooper Edward Stefik
New York State Police
January 26, 2015


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