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Trooper Christopher G Skinner Bridge named in his honor on Interstate 81

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It's been over a year since New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner was struck and killed in the line of duty in the town of Chenango. Since, those who knew him best have talked about his love of keeping his community safe. Today a permanent memorial to that work.

"Today we are here to dedicate this bridge that will forever memorialize Trooper Skinner's sacrifice," said Troop C Commander Major Donald Faughnan.

"Gosh I just wish that he was here and that we were not here right now today," said Julie Skinner, Chris' sister.

Chris Skinner was struck and killed on May 29, 2014 while issuing a traffic ticket on Interstate 81 between Exits 6 and 7 in Chenango. Today, this bridge near where he was killed, was officially named in his honor.

"I still have a difficult time. I'm still waiting for the trooper car to come up my driveway to check on me," said Sharyn Skinner, Chris' mom.

"These men and women are putting their own lives on the line for all of us and it's just good honest people who want to come home to their families too," said his sister.

This isn't just a board with a name, it's a sign to drivers out there on the roads to drive safely and with our new age technology, people from out of state can drive by here and find out exactly who Trooper Skinner was.

"I want them to know how much he cared and how much he loved his job but he loved his family and the farm as well," said his mother.

"I think Chris really cared about the community, he really wanted to make sure that everyday the normal citizen was safe," said his sister.

Florida native Almond Upton is charged with Skinner's murder as police say he intentionally drove into Skinner. Upton's trial is set for November. Skinner's legacy is one of a love of his job.

"He wasn't one that was seeking attention, he was like his dad in that respect. He just wanted to do his job," said his mother.