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Frontline Hero salute: Jeff Skinner

Columbus Division of Police sergeant works in the special victims bureau

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

In games throughout the rest of the 2021 season, the Blue Jackets and OhioHealth will be honoring Frontline Heroes for the work they've done during these most challenging of times.

Lima, Ohio, native Jeff Skinner has spent the last 25-plus years working for Columbus Division of Police, currently serving as sergeant in the special victims bureau -- sexual assault unit. In that job he's held for the past eight years, Skinner supervises detectives that investigate sex crimes, kidnappings and Amber Alerts.

In addition, Skinner's wife of 28 years, Scheri, and his 24-year-old son Blake both work for Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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For his work during the pandemic, Skinner was presented with a blue CBJ helmet adorned with the OhioHealth logo and signed by alternate captain Seth Jones during Monday night's First Responders appreciation game.

Skinner also took the time to fill out this questionnaire on his job responsibilities as well as his work during the pandemic.

Can you describe how your job has changed during the pandemic? We've had to think outside the box. We've used technology to aid our investigations to be able to conduct interviews with minimal face to face contact. Detectives have also added face masks, hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes to their investigative supplies, not only to help protect the public, but to protect other detectives.  

What is something you would like people to know about as it relates to the pandemic? We need to support our local restaurants, businesses and food pantries that were really hit hard during the pandemic.

How do you unwind these days? Spending time with my wife Scheri and my son Blake and his girlfriend Hanna. As the weather begins to get better, my wife and I are looking forward to spending time on our patio with neighbors. We also enjoy going to Crooked Can in Hilliard and watching the Blue Jackets.

Do you have a favorite quote that you could share? You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old. (George Burns)

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