Watch Complete Coverage of Trooper Skinner's Funeral
JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. -- State Trooper Christopher Skinner was mourned Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Johnson City. Thousands came out to show their respect for the fallen state trooper.
"Trooper Christopher Skinner, Shield 4682, thank you for your service for the people of New York. God Bless you. May you rest in peace," said NYS Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico.
Matthew Maciak was a life-long friend of Skinner. The two had grown up together and then later worked together in the traffic incident management unit.
"Chris became a trooper 13 years ago and I was two years behind him in the academy. When the traffic management detail began, we both jumped at the chance and found ourselves working together for the past six years," Maciak said.
"We can learn a lot from Chris. His hard work, his dedication to his job, his service to others, he was out there patrolling and keeping us safe in our homes and on our roads," added D'Amico.
Those who knew Skinner said he was a farm boy at heart, whose passion for farming continued throughout his life.
"One of the things I discovered through Christopher was the amazing strength and talent of a farm boy," said Rev. Richard Barron.
"I'll call it tenacity. You need tenacity to work from sun up to sun down or to get up at 2 a.m. because the cows are out, or fix the hay elevator that broke at 9 a.m. on the only scheduled sunny day of the entire month," said Skinner's sister, Air Force Maj. Julie Skinner-Dillion.
From Tuesday's turnout, it's obvious that Skinner meant a lot to this community and will be greatly missed.
"You were an intricate part of our team and it will never be the same without you, especially your quirky sense of humor," said Maciak. "Goodbye my friend, may your legacy live on. For the last time I'd like to say, C 103 Sidney, C 103 Out of service. End of Tour."
Following the funeral service, friends and family proceeded to the Chenango Valley Cemetery, where Skinner was buried.
Contributions can be made to the Skinner Children Ed Fund at an Visions Federal Credit Union location. The Signal 30 Fund is part of the New York State Police Benevolent Association, and donations can be made online at signal30.org.
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