State trooper dies after fall at Letchworth State Park

Trooper Ross Riley

A New York State trooper has died from his injuries following a fall at Letchworth State Park on Wednesday.

Trooper Ross Riley was participating in high angle rescue training at the park when he fell 30 feet from a ledge into Wolf Creek. He was taken to Wyoming County Community hospital where he later died from his injuries.

44 year-old Riley was a member of the Special Operations Response Team based in Collins Center. Riley was also assigned to Field Command, Emergency Management in Albany. He was a 17-year veteran of the New York State Police.

Trooper Riley served as a U.S. Marine from 1987 until 1992, when he was honorably discharged. He was a veteran of the Persian Gulf Conflict and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, and National Defense Medal for his military service.

Riley was also commended for his service as a member of the Mobile Response Team at Ground Zero following the 9/11 attacks.

He is survived by his wife and three daughters, ages 10, 8, and 3.