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. Â 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
A HUGE Thank You
To All Who Had...
Time To Sperr
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Another successful race day thanks to our amazing race committee and all the terrific volunteers! THANK YOU!
Do you or someone you know love Yankee Candles? Christmas shopping can be done early and for a great cause. You can help raise funds to purchase this working pup a much needed bullet/stab proof vest. Just go to www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and use Group Code #990081379 (no seller ID required).
40% of all sales will go towards AJ's new vest!
To donate directly 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 AJs Vest". Mail to:
NYS Troopers Foundation
3 Airport Park Blvd.
Latham, NY 12110
AJ could also 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 on June 19th. To see pictures check out the Newsroom page of this website.
Fallen NYS Trooper Remembered by Maier Racing
By BILL FOLEY
“I want to keep his memory alive,” said big block car owner Jim Maier.
This weekend the “memory” of New York State Trooper A.J. Sperr will be emblazoned into the memory of race fans at Super Dirt Week.
Nine years ago Trooper Sperr was killed in the line of duty, but Jim Maier has a place in his heart for a man who wasn’t only a law enforcement officer, but a very, very close friend.
The state police colored 31M will be in big block competition with Jimmy Maier behind the wheel. The Maier’s field a regular mount at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park, but the family really wanted to do something special for this weekend.
Pilat Graphics created and produced the art work on the machine and it will definitely stand out at the Moody Mile.
Jim said, “A.J. worked for us on our farm (H.A. Farms) from the time he was 14 years old until he graduated from high school.”
You can tell that memories of A.J. are still very much alive in Maier’s mind. He said, “I had this idea for some time, but decided this was the weekend to do it and put him in front of the crowd.”
Maier vividly remembers the details of the death of the trooper.
He explained, “It was nine years ago and A.J. was shot in Big Flats. Two guys had robbed a bank and he pulled them over. They came out shooting and as he was backing up he was hit under his vest and later passed away.”
Maier said of Sperr, “He was a super nice guy who loved the outdoors and hunting. “ It was obvious that Maier missed him.
This weekend the 31m with a motor prepared by Tom Maier and hopefully will garner one of the berths in this year’s 200 to put A.J. Sperr in front of thousands of race fans on Sunday afternoon.