WYOMING COUNTY, N.Y. – A 44-year-old New York State Trooper has succumbed to injuries sustained during a fall while taking part in training drills in Wyoming County.
Trooper Ross M. Riley died on Wednesday after he fell from a ledge approximately 30 feet into Wolf Creek in Letchworth State Park.
Riley was a 17-year veteran of the NYS Police.
He worked in Troops A, E and F and became
of a member of SORT, then named the Mobile Response Team, in March of 2000. Riley
also received praise for his service as part of the Mobile Response Team at
Ground Zero following the September 11, terrorist attacks.
Trooper Riley, was a veteran of the Persian Gulf Conflict and served as a U.S. Marine from 1987 until 1992, when he was honorably discharged.
He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon and National Defense Medal during his service.
Trooper Riley is survived by his wife, New York State Police Station Commander Heidi Riley, SP Olean and their three daughters, 10-year-old Abaigeal, 8-year-old Katherine and 3-year-old Jillian.
Governor Cuomo released a statement about Riley's death:
"Following this unfortunate tragedy, our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Trooper Ross Riley. Trooper Riley was a devoted member of our State Police force, committed to protecting New Yorkers and ensuring their safety. His dedication to his work is commendable and his service, no doubt, touched the lives of many. The contributions he made as a member of the New York State Police will never be forgotten."