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State Police Troopers gathered in Batavia this morning to honor Troop A officers who died in the line of duty.

Family members of the most recently deceased – Trooper Ross Riley and Trooper William Keane – were in attendance.

Troop A Commissioner, Major Michael Cerretto, says State Police wants to show support for families.

“It’s very important to us and our membership, but it’s also important to the families because of their loss,” he said. “And we need to show them that we’ll never forget the sacrifices that they put forward for the citizens of the state of New York.”

Trooper Riley died at the age of 44 during a training exercise at Letchworth State Park in November. He was a member of the State Police’s Special Operations Response Team but lived and raised his family in Troop A.

Trooper Keane suffered a heart attack while representing State Police at a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conference in Utah.

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# Sharon keane
Thursday, May 29, 2014 4:56 PM
As the surviving spouse I would like to add some pertinent information. Trooper Keane, age 56, was selected as the one person to represent the entire State of New York in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Association annual international competition in 2013. He was a 26 year veteran of the NYSP where he worked, lived and raised 7 children while serving his entire career in Troop A. He also taught commercial vehicle safety at he NYSP Academy in Albany.

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