Thomas F. Higgins, who served three terms as the sheriff of Erie County and a Korean war vet has died. Higgins passed away in his south Buffalo home Tuesday afternoon after recent health complications.

According to the Buffalo News, Brian Higgins said:

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. ... 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.”

We salute Mr. Higgins and his service to the Western New York community!

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