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Trooper Riley laid to rest
by Kelsie Smith
Olean, N.Y. - New York State Trooper Ross Riley was laid to rest, Tuesday. Almost a week after he was killed during a training exercise at Letchworth State Park.
Around 2,000 members of law enforcement from as far away as Alaska filled the Reilly Center at St. Bonaventure University to support their brothers and Riley's family.
"The most important thing is to show support of the family and friends of the fallen trooper," Trooper Jim Matlock of Connecticut State Police. "They remember this day and it gives them some comfort, I think."
During the service a friend and fellow NYS trooper, Daniel Brown, sang.
Those who worked with Riley spoke and reflected on his life and the legacy he leaves behind.
Trooper Riley was a 17-year veteran with the NYSP Department. He was one of the best of the best, according to fellow troopers. Riley was a member of the Special Operations Response Team - an elite group in the NYSP Department.
Riley was an EMT before becoming a trooper. It was a trade he brought into the department and worked to develop lifesaving training for troopers across the state.
"He wasn't defeated in that fall, we were," said Father Michael Lonto, making it clear how much Riley will truly be missed.
Riley lived in Olean with his wife Heidi and three daughters, Abby, Katie and Jilly.
He was stationed in Batavia, N.Y.