Final Patrol: Trooper Leopold "Leo" Gasparik (Retired)

Received from LI Chapter


From Joe Tortora Trooper Lee Gasparik (seated right) with Trooper Mike Kelly Circa 1989 Trooper Leopold Gasparik “Lee” as known by his friends and fellow Troopers Has left us at the age of 77 Stemming from complications of pneumonia Lee, a Vietnam Veteran, signed up with the Marines as soon as he was of age and served two tours in Vietnam. Following his military service he served as a NY State Trooper for 30 years, stationed at SP Riverhead on the Speed Task Force, as well as an in service and academy Instructor in EVOC VASCAR, Radar, LASER, Visual Speed Estimation, and Court Testimony He also was an Adjunct Criminal Justice Educator at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Queens NY Following his retirement as a NY State Trooper he went on to 12 Years as a Federal Agent with the US Marshall Service finally retiring from public service at the age of 72 Settling in Wiley Ford West Virginia he enjoyed adopting rescue Boxers and other large dog breeds as well as his passion for US railroads, gaining international recognition in many publications of his “O” scale model Railroad designed and built entirely by him with many years self taught techniques that have set the standard in that discipline Some of us that were close to him will remember his witty sense of humor with an ever present smile, desire to pass on law enforcement knowledge, and loyal friendship Others may remember him as a “Muscle Head” because of his enthusiasm for fitness and working out in the gym Most of all Lee asked me to pass on that his greatest desire was that of his devotion to Excellence in Public Service and that he be remembered for that from the beginning I am sorry he had to leave us sooner than was expected but I appreciate the time I had with him and his friendship I know that all of his friends and Fellow Troopers feel the same Rest Easy Trooper- You’re in good hands now

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