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Blood Drive Saves Lives and Honors Trooper Skinner

By Lindsay Raychel.
Community members and State Troopers took time to donate blood Wednesday afternoon in honor of a fallen Officer.

It has been over 1 year since the passing of Trooper Christopher Skinner who was killed in the line of duty in May of 2014. The 42 year old was conducting a traffic stop on Route 81 northbound when he was struck and instantly killed. Trooper Skinner was a 13 year veteran of the New York state police and from Binghamton.

The New York State Police and the American Red Cross hosted a blood drive at the Barracks on Crescent Drive in Kirkwood to honor what many call a fallen hero. This was the second annual Trooper Skinner Memorial American Red Cross blood drive. Last year more than 70 people donated blood which resulted in more than 200 lives saved.

Major James Barnes, Troop Commander of Troop C said, “We’re one big team here in the State Police. We’re brothers and sisters and when one of us dies in the line of duty it effects everyone, and this is our way of remembering Chris in a positive way and what we can do to give back to the public.”

Account Manager of The American Red Cross, Theresa Blank said Officers every day put their life on the lines to help us and we want to remember his sacrifice and honor him today by donating blood so that others may live.”

Blank said that one in every three people need blood in their lifetime and every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. She said there is a constant demand for it especially during the holiday times. If you would like to give blood you can visit http://www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.