The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office announced the passing of Mounted Patrol member "Big Spence” with “deep sorrow” on Wednesday.

He joined the Mounted Patrol Unit in January this year along with his brother, Justice, when they were gifted to Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputy Steph Logsdon from retired Erie County Sheriff’s Mounted Deputy Bill Pukalo. Between Big Spence and Justice, they worked over 140 Buffalo Bills games prior to coming to Livingston County.

The Sheriff and Big Spence quickly bonded and became a strong Mounted Patrol team. While Big Spence had an attitude, he also had a huge heart and willingness to work. Big Spence was well known this year with the Livingston County Sheriff's Office, participating in many parades and details and enjoyed many riders over his years in Mounted. The highlight of Big Spence's career was carrying Sheriff Dougherty to the win at the "Sheriff's Showdown" at the Hemlock Fair in July.

Big Spence passed due to a sudden progressive neurological condition that he could not recover from.

Please keep Deputy Logsdon, Sheriff Dougherty, and Justice in your thoughts, said the Sheriff’s Office.