Bill to designate Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge voted out of committee

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., today announced that legislation that would designate a bridge on a portion of State Route 1005, also known as Castor Avenue, as the Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge was unanimously approved by the Transportation Committee.

Skerski was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 6, 2006, while responding to a reported armed robbery at a café near the intersection of Arrott and Adams avenues in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.

“This man was a hero in the truest sense of the word,” Dawkins said. “He devoted and gave his life to protect our people. We will always remember his sacrifice and we will work to keep his legacy alive.” 

Skerski had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 16 years and was assigned to the 15th District. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the League of Sacred Heart of Jesus, and was a parishioner of St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church in Port Richmond.

Reps. Angel Cruz and John Taylor are co-sponsors of the bill. The legislation (H.B. 1778) now awaits full House consideration.