St. Bonaventure, N.Y. (WKBW) - The death of 44-year old New York State Trooper Ross Riley on November 20th sent shock-waves through the law enforcement community.
Riley, a 17-year veteran of the state police and a highly-trained member of the Special Operations Response Team, died after falling from a ledge in Letchworth State Park during high angle training.
So many people were expected for the Town of Allegany man's funeral that St. Bonaventure gave permission for the use of the Reilly Center.
It was estimated that 1,500 to 2,000 people attended the funeral with most being members of law enforcement.
State troopers from as far away as Californian and Alaska were present in addition to a large contingent of New York State Police.
Trooper Riley was a dedicated paramedic and EMT, and his family requested that his body be transported by ambulance as a sign of his life-long devotion to helping others.
After leaving the Reilly Center, the NYS trooper was buried in a private ceremony.
Ross Riley leaves behind a wife, Heidi (also a NYS Trooper), and three young daughters.