Trooper James A. Skiff died on May 25, 1920, at the age of 39, of injuries from an accident in the city of Ogdensburg.
Trooper Skiff was a sidecar passenger on a motorcycle that collided with a trolley car.
Trooper Skiff joined the Division of State Police serving as a First Sergeant at Camp Newayo and in Troop A. He served Troop K as a Lieutenant and later transferred to Troop B.
Trooper Skiff lived in New Rochelle. Prior to joining the State Police, he was an officer in the National Guard.