Funeral for Trooper Skinner

By Haley Burton
By Matt Porter

Funeral for Trooper Skinner

June 3, 2014 Updated Jun 3, 2014 at 7:09 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 1,000 people attended the funeral of New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner where he was remembered as a devoted trooper, hardworking farmer, and loving father, son and brother.

On Tuesday, the First Baptist Church on Reynolds Road was filled with friends, family and members of law enforcement.

The funeral brought officers together from as far away as Alaska and Florida.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and other local and state political leaders were in attendance.

Skinner, 42, of Binghamton, died in the line of duty Thursday after being hit and killed by a man from Florida who drove his truck into him on Interstate 81 in the Town of Chenango.

Skinner was a 13-year veteran of New York State Police assigned to the Kirkwood barracks to the Traffic Incident Management Unit.

Tuesday's funeral service began with a welcome by Pastor Steven Chastain.

Speakers included New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico.

"He (Skinner) was a letter of the law type of trooper. He was all business, by the book. He took ownership of that area, clearly sent a message to motorists that speeding and other forms of reckless driving weren't going to happen in the work zone while he was on post," said D'Amico.

State Trooper Matt Maciak was not only a colleague of Skinner, but a long-time friend.

He described him as dedicated, hard working, generous and thrifty and a man who loved spending time with his three kids.

"Chris will be great missed by your TIMS family. Your boots will be hard to fill," said Maciak, "You were an integral part of our team. It will never be the same without you, especially your quirky sense of humor. Goodbye my friend. May your legacy live on."

Skinner's sister, Air Force Major Julie Skinner-Dillon, also spoke about her brother and said he was a man who was always there to pull you out of a ditch or give you his love.

Trooper Skinner's mother, Sharyn, reached out to Action News and wanted the public to know how much his entire family has put into the funeral service to honor her son, including his sister, her husband, his brothers Shawn and Jason and their wives.

He is also survived by his two children 15-year-old son Kyle and 12-year-old daughter Erin, his fiancé, Surrena and her young son, Ethan.

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