Amid unimaginable grief and heartbreak, the family of Trooper Christopher Skinner was surrounded by love as they said goodbye to the man who spent his life protecting everyone else. "That's exactly what Chris was doing when his life was so tragically taken from us," said State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico. "He was out on the highway doing what our troopers do. Risking his own safety, risking his own life to protect others and to make others safer."
To those who knew him, Trooper Skinner was a good man, hardworking and a well-respected 13-year veteran of the State Police. "His passing means that his family will miss the love and devotion of a caring partner, a father, a son, a brother and he reminds us just how precious and fragile our lives really are," D'Amico said.
For those who loved him, it is an unbearable loss; a life cut short a month before his wedding. "Life without Chris looks so much emptier for each of us, but especially for his love Serena. Our sadness pales in comparison to yours," said his sister Julie Skinner-Dillon. Left behind are his fiancÃ Serena and his two children who will now come to know life without their father. "Kyle and Erin, I am so sorry that your dad will miss so many years of your life," Skinner-Dillon said.
For childhood friends like fellow Trooper Matthew Masiak, dedication, generosity and unwavering friendship are what he will remember most. "To me, Chris was like an older brother, someone you could disagree with but come back 10 minutes later like nothing ever happened," Trooper Masiak said.
He was a friend, brother and father who lost his life keeping others safe. "Goodbye my friend. May your legacy live on," said Trooper Masiak. "For the last time, I'd like to say C130 Sydney, C130 out of service. End of tour."