June 3, 2014
State trooper Christopher Skinner was remembered at a funeral service at the First Baptist Church in the Town of Union Tuesday afternoon. The 42 year-old Binghamton native was killed when a car struck him during a routine traffic stop last week.
Bagpipes filled the air as Skinner’s flag draped casket was ushered into the church hall. Nearly 2000 law enforcement officers, some from as far away as Alaska, stood in formation to welcome their slain comrade.
One by one, each officer fell in line and followed the procession into the chapel.
New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico addressed the crowd, which included Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“Today we honor the memory of Christopher Skinner; a good hard working man, a well respected trooper, a father, a brother, a son, a true friend,” says D'Amico.
He added that, “Chris would talk about his love of farming. He was a hard worker, a sun up to sun down type of guy.”
Julie Skinner-Dillon is Trooper Skinner's sister
“It’s impossible to summarize Chris in a few minutes but I have one last thought that I believe also speaks of Chris. And if I could summarize his philosophy in one phrase it would be ‘Everyday starts and ends with a clean tractor,’" says Skinner-Dillon.
Skinner leaves behind a fiancée and two children, ages 12 and 15.