State trooper killed during training exercise being remembered in Washington, D.C.

Updated: 05/13/2014 8:37 PM
Created: 05/13/2014 8:16 PM WHEC.com

A state trooper killed during a training exercise last year at Letchworth State Park is remembered Tuesday. 

Trooper Ross Riley was a decorated U.S. Marine veteran and a paramedic. He is being honored in Washington D.C. Tuesday night. 

Trooper Riley was on a training mission with two other troopers and fell 30 feet into Wolf Creek at Letchworth State Park last November. He had severe head injuries and police say he died at the hospital. Officials say the 17 year; highly trained veteran was not secured and was killed during what has become a routine training exercise for members of the specialized operations response team.   

Rochester Police Captain Lynde Johnston is among the officers who rode their bikes to Washington, D.C. for the ceremony, where Trooper Riley’s name will be added to a police memorial wall.

Trooper Riley, of Olean, was praised for his work at the World Trade Center site after the September 11th attacks. He was a husband and father of three young girls.

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