Remembering fallen officers at the New York State Fair

By Caroline Goggin

August 22, 2014 Updated Aug 22, 2014 at 6:51 PM EST

Geddes, NY (WBNG Binghamton) State police officers spent the afternoon recognizing, remembering and honoring law enforcement officers throughout the state who lost their lives this past year.

They said Friday was a day to celebrate their accomplishments to our communities.

New York State Police addressed the crowd of family and friends, explaining that they pray there will be no more lives lost.

In the meantime, they will continue to honor and remember the officers' sacrifices.

One of the men honored was fallen Johnson City Police Officer David W. Smith, who was killed in the line of duty in March.

Another local name was Trooper Christopher Skinner.

"It's a huge tragedy," said Johnson City Police Officer Jody Kennedy. "I mean, I can only describe it as a punch to the gut it takes the wind right out of you. But like anything, we're rebuilding as the community is and we'll get there. It might take some time but we'll get there."

Both Smith's and Skinner's names were added to bricks outside of the exhibit, so all fair-goers will be able to reflect and remember.