posted on November 21, 2013 07:17
A New York State Trooper fell 30 ft to his death during a training exercise at Letchworth State Park.
Trooper Ross Riley, a 17 year veteran of the State Police, suffered a severe head injury in the fall yesterday afternoon and later died at Wyoming County Community Hospital. Trooper Riley was 44.
State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico describes what happened:
"Trooper Riley and two other troopers desended about 70 ft down the side of a cliff to a ledge overlooking Wolf Creek. On that ledge they simulated the rescue of a lifesized training dummy. Just then Trooper Riley apparently fell backwards from the ledge where he was standing."
What caused Trooper Riley to fall remains under investigation, officials said.
Trooper Riley leaves behind a wife, New York State Police Station Commander Heidi Riley out of Olean, and three daughters under age 10.
He was a combat veteran of the Marines from the Persian Gulf War.
He had been with the State Police for 17 years and was once assigned to Troop A Headquarters in Batavia.
Trooper Riley had received a commendation for his service during 9-11 at the World Trade center site.
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