Two WNY police officers placed on police memorial

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Authorities in Albany honored 20 fallen officers on Tuesday, including two from Western New York.

The names of Buffalo Police Officer Patty Parete and State Trooper Ross Riley to the New York State Police Memorial. Officer Parete died last year from the injuries she suffered after she was shot on duty in 2006. Trooper Riley died in November after falling during a training exercise at Letchworth State Park.

The Associated Press reports 12 from New York City and one Peekskill officer have been added, who died from illnesses connected to the 9/11 attack. Authorities say the 13 died from cancers attributed to rescue and recovery work at the collapsed World Trade Center towers in Manhattan.

Also added this year were the names of three other state troopers, a Yates County deputy killed in 1957 and a state conservation game protector killed in 1914. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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