Fallen officer to be remembered in Pittsford
Updated: Wednesday, October 23 2013, 07:54 PM EDT
Pittsford, N.Y. - Deputy Rob Skelton was 43 years old, married, with a four year old son and another baby on the way when he was killed in June of 1972.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy was on duty during Hurricane Agnes and was responding to a call on Clover Street in Pittsford when his patrol car was hit head-on by a drunk driver.
Skelton died of his injuries. His son Tim was born several days later.
Skelton's nephew, Peter told us this kind of tragedy stays with the family forever.
Rob's wife Sharon and two sons now live in Oregon. Both men followed in their father's footsteps, choosing careers to serve the public. One in the military, the other as a firefighter.
Rob Skelton will be remembered at the spot where he was killed with a permanent memorial sign.
The Badge of Honor Association is putting up signs for all fallen officers, but met some resistance from the state, when it came to seven signs to be placed on state highways.
The New York State Department of Transportation and the association compromised, agreeing to place green signs, with limited information on them, so they are not a distraction to motorists.
Peter Skelton said his family is grateful Rob will be remembered for his service to this community. He hopes to share the picture of the sign with Rob's family when it is put up sometime after the first of the year.