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      Line out the door for Trooper Skinner's calling hours

      The line was out the door on Monday afternoon for calling hours for State Trooper Christopher Skinner, killed Thursday while making a traffic stop on I-81 near Binghamton.

      Among those paying their respects with Skinner's friend and fellow trooper, Matt Maciak.

      Maciak admitted he's still processing his friend's death.

      "It's never anything you would expect," said Maciak. "Every one of us feels like we're invincible. For something like this to happen, it's somewhat surreal. It's still setting in."

      Maciak described Skinner as a dedicated and hardworking trooper, who worked for hours on his farm every morning before work.

      "Probably from 5, 5:30 in the morning until about 9, 9:30 in the morning he was doing work on his farm," said Maciak. "You know, he had a hundred and some acres that he was trying to turn into his own version of a dairy farm."

      Maciak is not sure when he will return to work, or what it will be like when he goes back.

      "I'm gonna reminisce," said Maciak. "I'm gonna expect to hear Chris's voice on the radio when he's calling out his traffic stops. I'm gonna expect to see his lights in my rearview mirror when I'm on a traffic stop and I need him for assistance, or if I need a second car or third car."

      Maciak ticked off the other activities in which Skinner was involved outside of work, in addition to time spent with his family and children. "Snowmobile club, farmer's association, his antique tractor club," said Maciak.

      Click here for information about Trooper Skinner's funeral arrangements.