Dawkins’ bill to rename bridge after fallen officer becomes law

HARRISBURG, DEC. 22 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., is grateful his bill to rename

a bridge after a fallen Philadelphia police officer is now law. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the legislation this morning.

House Bill 1778, now Act 74 of 2017, designates a bridge on a portion of state Route 1005, also known as Castor Ave., as the Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge.

The 46-year-old was shot and killed in 2006, while responding to a reported armed robbery at a café near the intersection of Arrott and Adams avenues in the Frankford section of the city.

“Officer Skerski gave his life protecting our community,” Dawkins said. “We will never be able to fully repay him for his bravery. However, we can make sure his legacy lives on and his name is never forgotten. This bridge will also be a constant reminder of the countless sacrifices our men and women in blue make for us every day.”

Skerski had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 16 years.

A bridge dedication is tentatively scheduled for this May, which is the month Skerski was killed.