Troopers visited Big Flats Elementary to celebrate “Sperr Day”
Trooper Sperr, 33, was killed March 1, 2006, shot by two subjects later determined to be involved in a bank robbery in the town of Big Flats, Chemung County.
An investigation determined Trooper Sperr was fired upon as he approached the subjects’ vehicle. Trooper Sperr returned gunfire, hittng both suspects before they left in a second vehicle, staged there for their getaway. Trooper Sperr was shot multiple times and was on the ground when the fatal round struck him under his belt and vest.
At the time of his death, Trooper Sperr, a 10-year veteran of the State Police was assigned to SP Horseheads in Troop E.
New York State Police members from Troop E visited Big Flats Elementary School for Sperr Day, in remembrance of Trooper Andrew J. Sperr. They greeted students as they entered the building and later gave out free ice cream vouchers to every student. Trooper Sperr was shot and killed on March 1, 2006, by two subjects later determined to be involved in a bank robbery in the town of Big Flats, Chemung County. NYSP members present at today’s event included Z/Sgt. Larry Woodward, Sgt. S/C Mark Denicola; Sgt. Devaney Dickerson, Trooper Jonathan Gardner, Trooper James Loomis, Trooper Ann Bates, Trooper Trevor Wallner, Trooper Gabriella Bower, Trooper Trevor Field, Trooper Brandon Salyerds, and retired Trooper and School Resource Officer for Horseheads PD at Big Flats Elementary School Paul Campbell.