Chief of Police Perley Morrison Sprague

Chief of Police Perley Morrison Sprague

Rockport Police Department, Maine

End of Watch Friday, November 15, 1996

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Perley Morrison Sprague

Chief of Police Perley Sprague suffered a fatal heart attack while performing a 1.5-mile run with a new officer during his physical fitness test.

As the officer began the final lap of the required run, Chief Sprague joined him. Chief Sprague collapsed as he neared the finish line. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Chief Sprague was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran of the Vietnam War. He was appointed as chief of the Rockport Police Department after retiring from the Maine Department of Marine Resources Bureau of Marine Patrol.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack


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Chief Sprague, it has been 27 years since you were taken from us. Northern New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your military and law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

November 15, 2023

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