Tuesday marks 10 years since the death of New York State Trooper Andrew Sperr. He was killed in the line of duty in Chemung County, and that's where community members will come together honoring his life and the sacrifices he made. Camille DeLongis has the details.
A public memorial ceremony will be held Tuesday at Sperr Memorial Park in Big Flats. The park was created in Trooper Sperr's honor -- on the grounds he was shot and killed on March 1, 2006.
On that afternoon, Sperr stopped a suspicious looking vehicle on Lowe Road. The two men in the vehicle had just robbed a bank. As Sperr approached the vehicle, he was shot at several times.
Sperr went down but was able to fire off shots -- wounding the suspects. The two were able to get away, but were later caught.
Trooper Sperr succumbed to his wounds at the scene of the shooting. Trooper Sperr had served the New York State Police for 10 years prior to his death.
The public memorial ceremony honoring Trooper Sperr will take place at 12 p.m. Tuesday at the Sperr Memorial Park in Big Flats. The public is invited to attend.