Patricia A. Parete, the Buffalo police officer who died of complications from the on-duty gunshot wound that left her paralysed from the neck down for more than seven years, and Ross M. Riley the Olean-born State Trooper who died in a fall during a Special Operations High Angle Rescue training session at Letchworth State Park were among 20 fallen lawmen honored by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today during a ceremony on the Empire State Plaza in Albany.
Over 400 people attended the ceremony at the Police Officers’ memorial.
The Police Officers’ Memorial honors fallen officers from 140 police agencies statewide and five federal agencies, with their names placed randomly on the wall, without their ranks, signifying that every officer’s sacrifice is the same.
Officer Parete was shot by a now-imprisoned criminal on Dec. 5, 2006. She died of complications from the gunshot wound on Feb. 3, 2013.
Trooper Riley, an experienced rappeler, was a member of the State Police Special Operations Response Team West. He died in a fall at the state park in Wyoming County last Nov. 20 because of an apparent equipment failure during a training exercise.