Trooper Skinner: the man behind the uniform

By Brandi Bailey

June 3, 2014 Updated Jun 3, 2014 at 7:05 PM EDT

Town of Union,NY (wbng Binghamton) New York State Police Trooper Christopher G. Skinner was laid to rest Tuesday afternoon. Nearly 2,000 law enforcement officers stood in salute to honor his memory.

Family, friends and fellow troopers mourned the loss of Skinner and his dedication to community.

Outside of work, Trooper Skinner loved farming. Coworkers said he spoke often about his fiancé and his three children.

Skinner was known as a practical joker to his friends. To the community, he was a compassionate deputy who did his job to the best of his ability and always out others before himself. Those attending the service say that's how they'll remember Trooper Skinner.