WNY Officers Added to National Police Memorial

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three Western New York officers who died in the line of duty were honored Tuesday night in the nation's capital.

A candlelight memorial service was held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial as part of National Police Week, and the names of fallen officers were read aloud.

Among the 286 names engraved on the memorial this year were New York State Trooper Ross Riley, Trooper William Keane, and Buffalo Police Officer Patricia Parete.

A total of 14 members of law enforcement from New York state were added to the memorial in 2014.

Trooper Riley, a 17-year veteran of the State Police, died during a training exercise at Letchworth State Park last November.

Buffalo Police officer Patricia "Patty" Parete was shot and paralyzed in December 2006. She died as a result of her injuries in February 2013.

Trooper William Keane, 56, died of a heart attack in August 2013 while attending a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, more than 20,000 police officers have died in the line of duty since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791.


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