New York State Police Trooper Ross Riley died after falling approximately 30-feet while participating in a high-angle rescue training exercise.
As part of the exercise a life-size dummy had been placed on a ledge of a cliff over a creek. Trooper Riley, a paramedic for the agency, and two other troopers rappelled to the ledge and secured the dummy to a stretcher. As other personnel began to lift the stretcher Trooper Riley fell backwards and dropped approximately 30 feet into the creek, suffering severe head injuries.
The other two troopers immediately descended to his location and administered medical aid. He was transported to Wyoming County Community Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Trooper Riley was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Persian Gulf War and had served with the New York State Police for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.
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