LIVINGSTON COUNTY – On February 4, much loved member of the Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol, Buckshot, passed away.
Deputy Sheriff Pat Lynch worked with Buckshot as a longtime Mounted Patrol partner at public gatherings, fairs, parades, assisting in traffic control, search and rescue, and civil disturbances. For many years the two participated in the Hemlock and Caledonia fairs, Dansville Festival of Balloons, Mounted Patrol’s “Spring Tune-Up,” and the International Mounted Patrol Competition at the Hemlock Fairgrounds.
“Buckshot was a truly magnificent animal who respectfully carried many Mounted Patrol Deputies while they worked,” said volunteer firefighter, local insurance agent and rider Andrew Chanler. “I had a shining moment with Buckshot in 2006 when we won the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Posse competition. I was lucky to have Deputy Lynch loan him to me that fine day. Thank you Pat for being a great horse owner and sharing your fine horse with all of us.”
According to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office’s website, Mounted Unit deputies and horses are certified by the National Mounted Training Group and Municipal Police Training Council. The unit provides a visible police presence at parades, fairs, carnivals, and public gatherings. The unit is trained and certified to assist with traffic control, search and rescue, and civil disturbances. With each Mounted Unit Deputy providing his or her own mount and equipment, the residents of Livingston County are provided an effective and proactive police presence and response at virtually no cost.
I know he is resting well alongside Twister, his trusted friend at Woodlawn Farms.
PHOTO CAPTION: (L-R) Sergeant Aaron Galvin aboard his horse Stonewall, alongside Deputy Pat Lynch aboard Buckshot.