Bridge to be named in memory of Skerski

A bridge over Frankford Creek will be renamed after fallen officer Gary Skerski.

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The dedication ceremony for the renaming of a bridge after fallen Philadelphia police officer Gary Skerski will take place on Tuesday, May 8, at 10 a.m.

The state’s Act 74 of 2017 designates a bridge on a portion of Castor Avenue as the Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge.

The ceremony will take place on the bridge over Frankford Creek, near 4500 Castor Ave., near where Skerski was murdered.

The 46-year-old was shot and killed on May 8, 2006, while responding to a reported armed robbery at Pat’s Café, in Northwood.

Solomon Montgomery was arrested for the crime. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and received a sentence of life in prison, with no chance of parole, to avoid a possible death sentence.

Skerski, married with two children, was the 15th Police District community relations officer. He had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 16 years. ••