October 18, 2017

Craig Lehner - Police Officer Fatality - Buffalo, New York

Craig Lehner
Police Officer Craig Lehner, age 34, died in the line of duty on October 13, 2017, in the Niagara River, New York State.

Officer Lehner was a member of the Buffalo Police Department. He was assigned to the Canine Unit and the Underwater Recovery Team. He had 9 years of service.

Craig and members of the Underwater Recovery Team were conducting a training session in swift water currents on the Niagara River. Craig's safety cable broke while he was submerged and he failed to return to the surface.

Tragically, Craig drowned. His body was recovered on October 17, 2017.

Craig was a U.S. veteran and had served with the New York National Guard. 

Friends stated that Craig was known for his many tattoos. He enjoyed working out and boxing. He was genuine, had a sense of humor and was kind in spirit. He was known for helping others.

The members of the Buffalo Police Department are in mourning over the death of
Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Craig and
for those who have lost him.
their brother. Craig was well-liked and well-respected by his peers. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

Craig's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was greatly loved. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Craig is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother and sister.

Thank you for your service to America and to the community, Craig. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Craig is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.


Anonymous said...

I am so saddened by the death of this beautiful, young man. He gave the best of himself to his Country and his community. He will forever be remembered as a hero.

Unknown said...

Thank you Craig for doing what you did for people. Dying in the line of duty = hero. Godspeed, Craig.