Bridge formally dedicated for fallen officer Gary Skerski

PHILADELPHIA, May 8 – The life and legacy of the late Officer Gary Skerski was memorialized today as state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., police officers and other public officials joined to formally dedicate the bridge that now bears his name.

The Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge was dedicated at 10 a.m. today with Skerski’s family, a great number of police officers, representatives of the Fraternal Order of Police and city and state officials in attendance. 

Dawkins sponsored the law that renamed the bridge on Castor Avenue over Frankford Creek for Skerski, who was shot and killed in May 2006 while responding to a reported armed robbery at a café near Arrott and Adams avenues in the Frankford section of the city. Skerski had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 16 years.

“Officer Skerski gave his life protecting our community,” Dawkins said. “There is nothing we can do to replace his life or repay him for his valor. However, we can give his name a prominent spot in our community, near the place where he laid down his life protecting the people and the city he so bravely served.       

“This bridge will also be a solemn and constant reminder of Officer Skerski and how valuable it is to have police protection in the community. It was an honor and privilege to sponsor the legislation that dedicated this bridge in his name,” he said. 

In addition to Dawkins, state Reps. Angel Cruz and John Taylor, Sen. Tina Tartaglione and Chief Inspector Carl Holmes of the Philadelphia Police Department spoke at the dedication.  

View photos from the dedication