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Community donates blood in honor of fallen New York State Trooper

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(WBNG) -- On Wednesday, community members gathered to participate in the annual blood drive in memory of New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner. 

In 2014, Trooper Skinner was fatally hit by a car during a traffic stop on Interstate 81. 

Since then, the American Red Cross and New York State Police have teamed up to hold a blood drive in his memory. 

People had the opportunity to donate blood at the Five Mile Point Fire Company and the Binghamton State Office Building. Troopers and their families could donate at the as well as the New York State Trooper Barracks in Kirkwood.

New York State Police Major William McEvoy said the blood drive is a great way to honor Trooper Skinner.

"No police officer deserves to be forgotten, especially one that gave his life in the performance of his duties and protecting the people in the state of New York the police officers work very hard and it just shows that any day can be your last day," said Maj. McEvoy. 

This was the third year of the blood drive. 

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