Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Ross M. Riley

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Reflections for Trooper Ross M. Riley

Trooper Riley,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for or Country as well when you served with the USMC during the 1991 Gulf War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

November 20, 2023

Trooper Riley. It’s hard to believe that so much time has passed since we started at the State Police Academy together back on October 28, 1996. I still remember you showing our academy class mates, myself included, how to get that perfect shine on our shoes. Your military background saved a lot of us recruits from doing tons of pushups. I retired from the State Police on June 25th and have been thinking a lot about you and the other thirty four of our brother and sister Troopers that made the ultimate sacrifice during my career. I know that you are still up there watching over all of us and that we will meet again someday. Rest easy my friend and know that I will never forget you.

Retired - Trooper Dan Snyder
New York State Police

July 8, 2020

Never to be forgotten; RIP.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

January 29, 2020

Such a great man. Loved working with him on the ambulance. May he rest in peace. Love to his wife and girls.

Dean Chatfield, RN
Bath Ambulance

November 21, 2019

Trooper Riley, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 16, 2019

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 13, 2018

RIP Trooper Ross M. Riley, I truly thank you for your service to our United States of America, and to the citizens of the State of New York. Trooper Riley will never ever be forgotten. May God bless his wife and three daughters.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop D

January 31, 2018

"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

My thoughts are with Trooper Riley's family on this date. It's been 1 year but we will never forget.

Detective Matt Quillin
Plano PD, Texas

November 20, 2014

God Bless your family & may you R.I.P. Thank you for your commitment to your state & to the people of it. You will not be forgotten.

Citizen Tracy Corley

November 20, 2014

A Hero now in Heaven, Always remembered and Never forgotten.

Kim Weigand - PA C.O.P.S.
Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand E.O.W. 9/14/2008

November 20, 2014

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

United States Border Patrol

January 8, 2014

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Vires et Honorem

Ptlm F J Kapusta
Mohawk Police Department

December 30, 2013

Trooper Riley,

Rest well in the arms of God.

To Your Family,

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray, “Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for over two years. Feel those prayers. God is with you, He knows and will ease your pain.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

December 29, 2013

RIP my Fellow Brother in Blue. My Prayers go to your Family, Friends, and, Co-Workers.

Retired Detective Don Vine #5896
Phoenix Police Department

December 28, 2013

God Bless you. May the good Lord above cradle you in His arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue. I offer my prayers and sympathies to each and every one of your family members, friends, and co-workers. Rest easy Sir.

Chris Walley
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department

December 21, 2013

Semper Fi, see you at the gates.

Patrolman Jeffrey Amoroso
Rotterdam Police Department

December 19, 2013

Rest in peace brother Trooper and Gods blessings to your wife and daughters. You are 10-42 and we will take it from here sir.

Trooper Mike Lopez
Illinois State Police

December 17, 2013

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain; but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

December 16, 2013

I have laid down my life in service to all of you.
I have been a part of the fabric that has held the line between your safety and your victimization. I have given my life so that others may live in peace. I have lived my life as a dedicated member of the greatest profession. There is no greater honor.

As I now become a part of the rich history of law enforcement, please remember me always for I have left behind those who loved and depended upon me.
My partners and my agency, please remember my family, their loss, and don’t let time soften your compassion for them.

You guard the gate now and I will continue my watch from above.


Doug Gist, Captain (ret.) Washoe S.O.
Silver State National Peace Officers Museum, Virginia City, NV.

December 11, 2013

Rest In Peace.....

John Ruth, AEMD Comm Specialist
MOMR, Farmers Branch,TX

December 6, 2013

Whatever our duty, or wherever we serve, we are all brothers and sisters in this most honorable calling. We have lost yet another brother who we must never forget.

My deepest sympathy to both his family and his law enforcement family. My thoughts and prayers are with them. May he rest in eternal peace.

Sgt. Tom Waller, Cincinnati P.D., Ret.
Greater Cincinnati Police Museum

December 6, 2013

Well Ross, Tuesday was our Annual Candlelight Memories Vigil where you were supposed to play Taps to honor the fallen. I heard from so many Troopers as well as Heidi that you were so excited and honored to be playing Taps at our Vigil. Instead you were one of the fallen that we recognized We also posted a photo of you playing Taps while it was being played so that you would be playing Taps as well. A very moving and fitting tribute. RIP.

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance/Genesee Valley C.O.P.S.

December 5, 2013

God bless and bring comfort to your family in this time of sorrow. My deepest condolences... RIP Trooper Riley.

Sgt S/C Wolchetsky

December 5, 2013

My deepest and heart felt condolences to Ms. Riley, your three beautiful daughters, to his mother, father and his entire family. I also extend my condolences to Tpr. Riley's brothers and sisters of the New York State Police as well as Superintendent D'Amico. Trooper Ross Riley is now in Heaven, and he will FOREVER watch over his three beautiful daughters.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired
New York State Police - Troop "D"

December 5, 2013

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