Sheriff’s Mounted Unit Loses Long-Serving Horse ‘Jake’
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard sadly announced the passing of “Jake.” Jake passed away in Marilla on June 23, 2018. Jake and his partner Captain Wayne Wolf (a.k.a Craig Matthews) served on the Mounted Unit for nearly 21-years with their first detail occurring on August 31, 1997.
“Jake and Wayne were true ambassadors for the Sheriff’s Office, and Jake was still active well into his thirties. I would ride with that pair at parades and working Bills’ games, and Jake was a special horse because of his calm demeanor and ability to stay focused during the detail.” The Reserve Mounted Unit has continually served the Erie County Sheriff’s Office since the 1940’s and are fixtures at Buffalo Bills’ games, in front of the convention center, and at numerous community events and parades as well as the Mounted for Meals holiday food drives. “Being a horse owner and lover, I understand the special bond between Wayne and Jake that has developed,” explained Howard. “I know that Wayne will miss Jake as well as the entire Sheriff’s Office and anyone who met these two.” Jake was 35-years-old, and his End of Watch was June 23, 2018. ---Sheriff Howard
Jake was buried on Wayne's farm.
Now my Dad has a horse to ride...farewell faithful friend and partner...til we ride again. - Wayne Wolf
Sending our sincere condolences to the Wolf family from WYRK.