Sperr Memorial Park
Bench Plaques
Park Committee
Time To Sperr
Park Sign

On March 1, 2006 at approximately 12:05 pm New York State Trooper Andrew J. Sperr encountered a suspicious vehicle on the Lowe Road in the Town of Big Flats, New York. Unbeknownst to him, the two male occupants of the vehicle had just robbed the Chemung Canal Bank in Big Flats. The bank robbers had left a vehicle in a parking area off the Lowe Road and were on their way to change vehicles when Trooper Sperr observed them.  Trooper Sperr followed them into the parking area and as he approached their vehicle, the passenger fired at him.  Trooper Sperr was immediately struck twice by gunfire, but despite his wounds, he drew his issue sidearm and returned fire.  During the ensuing gun battle Trooper Sperr managed to hit both suspects. Trooper Sperr received two additional gunshot wounds before the assaliants fled. Trooper Sperr succumbed to his wounds a the shooting scene. Because of the serious wounds sustained in the gun battle with Trooper Sperr, both suspects were forced to quickly seek medical attention and were thereby quickly apprehended.

Trooper Sperr's actions during the final moments of his life were indeed heroic. Despite being seriously wounded himself, he returned fire and seriously wounded his assailants and thereby greatly contributed to their apprehension. As a consequence, Trooper Sperr ensured that neither suspect would be able to commit additional crimes or endanger the public or his fellow officers. Trooper Sperr gave his life in the performance of his duty. The bravery and dedication he demonstrated and the ultimate sacrifice he made on March 1, 2006, should never and will never be forgotten by the Community.

As a tribute to Trooper Sperr, a community park was built at the site where he lost his life. The park includes a half mile walking trail lined with benches around the pond, playground, pavilion, gazebo, overlook, and a monument. A majority of the work was done by volunteers and a majority of the funding for developing and completing the park came from private donations.

On behalf of the family, friends and co-workers of Trooper Sperr we would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU for all who have helped to honor and remember a truly amazing person who laid down his life serving and protecting the Chemung County community.
In Memory of Trooper Andrew J. Sperr

Having a birthday party or family picnic?  Would you like to have it at the park pavilion?

Use of the park pavilion does require a reservation with the Town of Big Flats

For more information on reserving the pavilion please contact Laura Sullivan at the Town of Big Flats
 7th Annual Time To Sperr 

Saturday, August 29, 2015
3K, 5K, 10K

Online Registration

Visit the race page for more info...
To donate to the Troop E K-9 fund you can make the check out to "NYS Troopers Foundation"  and add to the memo line "Troop E K-9 Fund". Mail to:  NYS Troopers Foundation
3 Airport Park Blvd.
Latham, NY  12110

AJ could use some more toys...how can you resist this face!
A huge THANK YOU! To the employees of Mengel Metzger Barr & Co. that came out to volunteer at the Park for the 2015 United Way Day of Caring. To see pictures check out the Newsroom page of this website.
Please join us on Sunday August 16th at 9:00am for a Park beautification day.  We will be weeding, mulching and other park maintenance preparing for the 7th Annual Time To Sperr Run.  People come from near and far for this annual event & we want the park to looks it's best!  There's no time frame set just work how long you can or pack a lunch and spend the day.  Please spread the work, invite co-workers, family & friends.  If you have favorite gardening gloves and hand tools bring them with you.  We also have limited quantities of tools/supplies at the park.  Please check in at the Monument for where we could use your help when you arrive. THANK YOU!! (In case of rain a new date will be announced)