Resolution J5270-2013

Mourning the tragic and untimely death of New York State Trooper Ross M. Riley



  • May 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 21, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the  tragic and untimely death of New
York State Trooper Ross M. Riley on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to convey its grateful
appreciation and heartfelt regret in recognition of the loss of a coura-
geous police officer who dedicated his purposeful  life  and  career  in
faithful service to his family, community and the New York State Police;
  WHEREAS,  It  is  with  profound  sadness  that  this Legislative Body
records the passing of 44-year-old New York State Trooper Ross M.  Riley
who  passed  away  on  November  20,  2013,  as  a result of injuries he
received during a high angle rescue training at Letchworth  State  Park,
New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Ross  M.  Riley  was  born in Auburn, New York, on March 27,
1969, and graduated from Auburn High School; and
  WHEREAS, He served his country as a United  States  Marine  from  1987
until  he  was honorably discharged in 1992; during his military service
he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon,  and
the National Defense Medal; he is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War, and
served as a Marine Security Guard at the U.S. embassies in Nicaragua and
Uruguay; and
  WHEREAS,  After  his  military  service,  he joined the New York State
Police, and was assigned to Troops A, E, and F, out of  Batavia,  Canan-
daigua, and Middletown; in 2000, he became a member of the Special Oper-
ations Response Team (SORT), a tactical response group of highly trained
and skilled experts who respond to critical events, disasters, and emer-
gencies; and
  WHEREAS,  Trooper  Ross  M.  Riley  was  with  SORT at the time of the
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and received  a  commendation  for
his service at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan; and
  WHEREAS,  As a dedicated Trooper Ross M. Riley saved numerous lives as
a member of SORT, and met the true definition of hero; it was  during  a
SORT  high  angle  rescue training in Letchworth State Park that he fell
from a ledge after rappelling approximately 70 feet down into  a  gorge;
he  was  transported to Wyoming County Community Hospital where be later
succumbed to his injuries related to the fall; and
  WHEREAS, Trooper Ross M. Riley lived his life with great  dignity  and
genuine  grace,  always  demonstrating a deep and continuing concern for
the welfare of others in the great State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Trooper Ross M.  Riley  enjoyed  mountain  climbing,  camping
trips, working out, riding mountain bikes, and reading; however, most of
all, he loved spending time with his family; and
  WHEREAS, A devoted family man who always put his family first, Trooper
Ross  M. Riley is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Heidi, and
his three wonderful daughters, Abaigeal, Katherine, and Jillian, as well
as many friends and associates at the New York State Police; and
  WHEREAS, Armed with a  humanistic  spirit,  imbued  with  a  sense  of
compassion,  and  comforted  by  a  loving family, Trooper Ross M. Riley
leaves behind a legacy which will long endure the passage  of  time  and
will  remain  as a comforting memory to all he served and befriended; he
will be deeply missed and truly merits  the  grateful  tribute  of  this
Legislative Body; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the untimely death of New York State Trooper Ross M. Riley, noting
the significance of his contributions on behalf of the citizens of  this
noble  Empire State, and expressing its deepest condolences to his fami-
ly; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Trooper Ross M. Riley.


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