Former Erie County Sheriff Thomas Higgins passed away yesterday at the age of 88.

Many local lawmakers went to social media to offer their condolences


 



Congressman Brian Higgins released a press release on Higgins passing Tuesday evening:

Sheriff Tom Higgins was a dear friend of mine and of this community. He leaves behind an exceptional legacy of service as the most accomplished law enforcement leader of his generation. Sheriff Higgins was a community protector and an American patriot. He served with honor in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and came home to begin a more than 40-year distinguished career in law enforcement, first in the Buffalo Police Department and then in the Erie County Sheriff’s Department. In retirement he continued his involvement in neighborhood activities, was a great family man and remained a strong voice for veterans. We will miss his grand presence and big smile but are forever grateful to have had Sheriff Higgins as a leader and friend to Western New York

 

Higgins was elected Sheriff in 1985 and served for 12 years. He was with the Buffalo Police Department for 21 years prior to becoming Sheriff.