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State trooper dies at Letchworth State Park

Castile, N.Y. -- A New York State trooper died following a fall at Letchworth State Park Wednesday afternoon.

Trooper Ross Riley, 44, fell about 30 feet from a ledge into Wolf Creek during a training exercise, according to state police.

"The other two troopers who were with him descended immediately, they performed advanced aid and life-saving measures, he was put into the stretcher and hoisted up to the top of the cliff," said New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico.

Riley was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital, where he died.

D'Amico said Riley was not tethered, which is a required safety measure.

Riley was a 17-year veteran of the state police and a member of the Special Operations Response Team. He also served in the U.S. Marines from 1987-1992 and fought in the Persian Gulf War.

He also received a commendation for his service as a member of the Mobile Response Team at Ground Zero following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

"In addition to being an outstanding trooper and outstanding tactical team member he was just an outstanding man, his presence will be greatly missed by the New York State Police as a whole," said Major Christopher Fiore, Riley's commander.

Riley was stationed at Batavia. His wife, Heidi Riley, is a trooper stationed in Olean. They have three children.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

 
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