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Fallen NY State trooper had local ties
by Jennifer Lee
Ontario County, N.Y. -- New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner, 42, will soon be laid to rest after he was killed in the line of duty Thursday during a traffic stop north of Binghamton.
Trooper Skinner served with the state police for 13 years, and had ties in Ontario County. Flags could be seen at half-staff around the county for the fallen trooper.
He completed his field training at the state police barrack in Canandaigua between May and September of 2001. Soon after, Trooper Skinner was assigned to the Binghamton area.
Before joining the state police, Skinner served the community as a firefighter in Shortsville from 1994 to 2000, and then in Clifton Springs until 2005.
Chief Jason Wagner of the Shortsville Fire Department said, "Chris was very dedicated and conscientious of his duties, and always did the right thing."
"He has an impressive resume when it comes to firefighting with all the different classes that he took, and he was also an EMT," said Drew Campbell, president of the Clifton Springs Fire Department.
Campbell said the two fought many fires together and said Skinner's death is "devastating" and "needless."
Investigators said Trooper Skinner was outside his marked police car on I-81 in Chenango when a passing car struck him intentionally. Police said Skinner was killed instantly.
The driver Almond Upton, 60, is charged with first degree murder.
"He was doing his job," said Campbell. "He's out there protecting and serving the people of New York State and to have this person do this to him, it's needless."
According to NY State Police, Trooper Skinner is from Binghamton, NY and is survived by his mother, Sharyn, brother, Shawn, fiance, Surrena, and two children, 15-year-old Kyle and 12-year-old Erin.
Funeral arrangements will follow.