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Honoring Trooper Ross Riley



OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) - Mourners will begin paying respects to New York Trooper Ross Riley, who died in a fall at Letchworth State Park during rescue training.

Calling hours are scheduled from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home in Olean.

The 44-year-old trooper fell about 30 feet from a ledge Wednesday afternoon while training with the state police Special Operations Response Team.

The father of three and former Marine was a 17-year veteran of the state police. His wife, Heidi, is a state police station commander in Olean.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Reilly Center at St. Bonaventure University.

Earlier Story:

CASTILE, N.Y. (AP) -- State police say a trooper has died after falling into the gorge at Letchworth State Park in western New York during high-angle rescue training.

Police say 44-year-old Trooper Ross Riley fell about 30 feet from a ledge into Wolf Creek around 1 p.m. Wednesday and died at Wyoming County Community Hospital.

Riley, a 17-year veteran, was an experienced rappeller and a member of a state police unit called the Special Operations Response Team based in Collins Center, 25 miles south of Buffalo. He was on a six-person team that helped save an injured hunter near the bottom of a 500-foot-high rock face in Zoar Valley Gorge in 2010.

Riley's wife, Heidi Riley, is a state police station commander at Olean. They have three daughters.


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