13-year state police veteran killed in the line of duty

By Brandi Bailey
By Anna Norris

May 29, 2014 Updated May 29, 2014 at 8:51 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) As the investigation continues into the death of New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner, Action News learned more about the trooper and his work with state police.

Skinner, a 13-year veteran with state police, was 42 years old and a native to the Binghamton area.

He worked in Troop C, Troop E in Canandaigua and Troop G in Latham.

He was assigned to the Traffic Incident Management Unit in Troop C's barracks in Kirkwood in 2008.

Skinner is survived by his mother, his fiance Surrena, and his two children, 15-year-old Kyle and 12-year-old Erin.

State police called this "a tragic day for the law enforcement community."

"He was a dedicated worker, he worked very hard, and took his job very seriously," Major David Faughnan of NYSP Troop C said. "He's sorely going to be missed by all of us in Troop C."

Skinner is the 15th member of the New York State Police Department to die in the line of duty since 2006. He is the fifth trooper to die in the line of duty within the last 10 months.

State Police wish to thank the Broome County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Marshal Service, Castle Creek Fire Department, and other federal and local first responders for their assistance.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing and funeral arrangements are expected to be made in the coming days.

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