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Troop C Remembers Skinner, Woods, Other Fallen Officers

By Jason Weinstein.
On a gray day in Sidney, Troop C of the New York State Police had the somber task of remembering those lost in the line of duty, and the sad duty of adding another name to that list

"Trooper Christopher G. Skinner. May 29, 2014."

Skinner was killed after being struck on route 81 during a traffic stop. Also honored was trooper Glen Woods who served in the Endwell barracks. He was a firearms instructor who died in his sleep March 24th of this year.

Today, Skinner's mother and fiancee laid a wreath a the Troop C Memorial.
"He was a very caring person and he strove to do the very best he could to be there for people," said Sharyn Skinner, Christopher Skinner's mother.

Colleagues and loved ones remembered Skinner's dedication to keep the roads safe. Skinner volunteered for the Traffic Incident Management - or TIMS - Unit. He was first on the scene of a 2005 accident in which three construction workers were killed.

"The crash that he was the first on the scene for when the construction workers were killed had a huge impact on Chris. It was kind of a formulation of what he wanted to do," said Sharyn Skinner.

"He saw the affects of drowsy driving, speed in the workzones and made it his life's work to make it a safer place," said Troop C Commander Major Donald Faughnan.

Skinner was also a farmer and member of the Broome County Farm Bureau who educated the community on farm safety. Those who knew him best say his legacy is keeping countless people safe. And now his life is remembered alongside those other officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"There will always be a place in our hearts for Chris and the other 16 members of Troop C who have lost their lives," said Faughnan.

"You become a member of a club you never wanted to join, as a survivor. You just have to go with it. It's nice seeing him remembered," said Sharyn Skinner.

****In Sidney, Jason Weinstein, Fox 40 HD News.****