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Funeral service for Trooper Ross Riley

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Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at St. Bonaventure University’s Reilly Center for State Police Trooper Ross Riley.

The Allegany resident died last week during a training exercise in Letchworth State Park. Trooper Riley was fell into the gorge during a high-angle rescue exercise. An investigation into his death continues.

State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico says thousands of officers came to Olean to pay their respects.

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Trooper Riley's casket at funeral service.

"Trooper Riley was a great guy.  He was one of our best," D'Amico said.  "He was part of the team we go to when we need help as troopers."

Riley, a 17-year veteran of the state police, leaves behind a wife, also a state trooper based in Olean.  He is the father of three young children -- ages 10, 8 and 3.

Trooper Riley was 44-years old.