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Fallen trooper laid to rest Tuesday

Johnson City, N.Y. -- A contingent of state troopers from Rochester made the trip to Trooper Christopher Skinner's hometown outside Binghamton to pay tribute to him Tuesday.

Skinner, 42, was hit by a car and killed during a traffic stop on Interstate 81 in Chenango last Thursday, an incident police said was intentional.

Skinner was known for his no-nonsense approach and hard work ethic.

Thousands from across the state lined the street outside the First Baptist Church in Johnson City to pay their respects to a man who, according to the state police superintendent "knew his work saved lives".

The two children, fiancee, mother and brother of the fallen trooper were at the service, along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"On Thursday, I responded to the accident scene and I can tell you a no-nonsense trooper like Chris would have been very proud of his friends and fellow troopers, because in spite of the fact that tears rolled out of their eyes, it was all business, tracking and arresting the suspect," State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico said.

The driver of the car that hit Skinner, Almond Upton, 60, is accused of deliberately swerving and hitting Skinner. He has been charged with first-degree murder.

 
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