Annual blood drive honors fallen NYS Trooper Christopher Skinner

KIRKWOOD, N.Y. - The community is giving the gift of life to honor the memory of a fallen New York State Trooper.

The 4th annual Trooper Christopher Skinner Memorial Blood Drive was held Wednesday.

Troopers and their family members donated at the New York State Police barracks in Kirkwood.

Trooper Skinner died in 2014 when he was struck by Almond Upton who was traveling at over 100 miles per hour while Trooper Skinner was conducting a traffic stop.

Christopher's Mother Sharyn and New York State Police Troop C Commander Bill McEvoy both donated in honor of Chris' memory.

"I do this every year.  I think it's a great thing to do for the community and to keep Chris' memory alive," said Sharyn Skinner.

McEvoy said, "No police officer deserves to be forgotten, especially one who gave his life in performance of his duties and protecting the people of the State of New York."

Sharyn remembers Chris as a hard working, humble man who loved working on the farm and spending time with family.

Sharyn also memorializes her son by volunteering to fill shoe boxes full of gifts as part of the Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child project.


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