A tradition of giving to honor the life of a fallen State Trooper continued today.
The New York State Police teamed up with the Red Cross for the 5th annual blood drive in memory of Trooper Christopher Skinner.
Almost 5 years ago, Skinner was struck and killed by a hit and run driver on I-81 near exit 6 in Broome County.
He served his a community for 13 years in the New York State Police.
Troop C Commander William McEvoy says Skinner was a great person and officer.
He says that this blood drive is a way to continue Skinner’s legacy of serving those in need.
Red Cross Senior Account Manager Theresa Blank says this year’s drive comes at a time of critical need for them.
She says they are in need of all blood types and that this drive in memory of Trooper Skinner has been able to help many lives each year.
In the first 4 years of the blood drive 303 units of blood were collected.
That donated blood has been able to help 909 patients.