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- Nov. 20, 2013 -
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New York State Police Patch
Resided: NY, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Nov. 20, 2013
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 44 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: New York State Police
7140 Republic Airport  
Farmingdale, NY   11735   USA
(631)756-3300
County: Nassau
Dept. Type: State/Police
Hero's Rank: Trooper
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Accident - Police
Weapon Class: Fall
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 17 years
Duties: assigned to Field Command, Emergency Management in Albany, and was a member of the Special Operations Response Team based in Collins Center

Bio: Trooper Riley was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Persian Gulf War.

Riley had begun working in Special Operations in 2000 when it was still called the Mobile Response Team. He received a commendation for his work with the team at ground zero in the days following Sept. 11.

Survived by:
Heidi Riley - Wife
a state police station commander in Olean; and three daughters

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: Letchworth State Park NY   USA   Wed. Nov. 20, 2013
Summary: 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.

Source: Website      Click
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