Gary Skerski Memorial Bridge

Gary Skerski - photo credit Tracy Hoffman Mazzagatti

State Rep. Jason Dawkins has announced plans to introduce legislation that would designate a bridge on Castor Avenue, as the Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge.

Gary Skerski was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 6, 2006, while responding to a reported armed robbery at Pat’s Café near the intersection of Arrott and Adams avenues in Frankford.

Memorial at the rear of Pat’s Cafe where Gary Skerski lost his life

“We always name bridges after presidents and generals, and that is well and good,” said Dawkins. “But this man was a hero in the truest sense of the word. 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.”

Officer 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 Saint Adalbert Roman Catholic Church in Port Richmond.

State Representatives Angel Cruz and John Taylor are co-sponsors of the bill. Dawkins said he is hopeful of swift House passage.