Officer Andrew Esparza was a devoted member of the Irving Police Department for just under two years after attending the Irving Police Academy. A North Texas native, Officer Esparza grew up in Burleson, Texas before attending college at the University of Texas at Arlington, graduating with a degree in Business.
Officer Esparza spent as much time as he could with friends and family. He loved to hunt, fish and play poker, which he was very good at. A close friend of his stated, “Drew was the kind of friend that everyone wants but only a few of us actually have.” Officer Esparza was always there to help anyone in need, and selflessly put the needs of others before himself.
On Friday April 13, 2007, Officer Andrew Esparza was responding to assist another officer when he lost control of his patrol car in a rainstorm. He was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Officer Esparza is survived by his parents, Rafael and Christina; brothers, Ralph and Felix; and sister, Zoila.