Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Craig E. Lehner

Buffalo Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, October 13, 2017

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Reflections for Police Officer Craig E. Lehner

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Vires et Honorem

PTLM Frank Kapusta
Mohawk PD

October 22, 2017



Ret. TFC. Theresa Medcalf
Ga. State Patrol

October 22, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You are a Hero Officer Lehner. Thank you for doing your job. Rest in peace Dear Brother. God bless. "Heroes Live Forever"

Catherine Garibay Sanchez
Surviving Sister Of
Deputy Sheriff Steven Garibay
EOW February 10, 1987

October 22, 2017

Craig, we got hired together but I didn’t really get to know you until our years together on MP-4. I watched for days as your URT brothers dove in that water time and again to bring you home. I hope you know that we from your platoon walked those rocks along the shore in futility looking for a sign. Even though the place you filled in many of our hearts can never be filled, know that we will honor you by always speaking your name and never shying away from telling your story. Rest easy, brother...we have it from here.

Detective Joe P
Buffalo PD

October 21, 2017

RIP brother.

K9 Officer L Hall
Milwaukie Police

October 21, 2017

My family and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fellow coworkers of Police Officer Craig Lehner during this very difficult time. May they find comfort and support from those around them. May there happy moments from the past bring forth precious memories to last a lifetime. May God help heal their aching hearts. Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace Officer Lehner.

Gail M. Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit Police Officer Jennifer Fettig row 2/16/2004

October 20, 2017

On Behalf of the Albany Police Academy Session 2, we would like to send our condolences to the Lehner family and the entire Buffalo Police Department. Rest in Peace Officer Lehner.

Albany Police Academy Session 2
City of Albany Police Department

October 20, 2017

So saddened to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Police Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

October 20, 2017

I'm so sorry for the loss of this officer. He will be missed by his fellow officers of Buffalo PD. As well as all of his brothers and sisters in blue.

Ret. Detective E D Neel
Ft worth PD

October 20, 2017

My heart grieves for thee, Farewell Officer Lehner

Robert Young

October 19, 2017

Rest in Peace My Brother in Blue.

Detective D. Vaquero
San Diego Police Department

October 19, 2017

God bless you Officer Lehner..Thank you for your service and dedication to our Country and to the citizens of Buffalo. It hurts to say goodbye to someone so young, but heaven needed a special Angel and protector and you were called. RIP my friend

Former 911 CAD Specialist/Adjunct instru
911 ECD Rochester, NY, Police Training Facility, Roch NY

October 19, 2017

Rest In Peace Brother.

Det. Andreoli-Retired

October 19, 2017

To the family of Police Officer Craig Lehner, friends,
Commissioner Daniel Derenda and the Buffalo Police Department.
You are lifted up in thought and prayers. May God comfort, hold you close and give you His peace that surpasses all understanding now and always. Thank you for your service. John 15:13 / Matthew 5:9

Patrolman A.S. Batson
Cherry / O'Berry Police Department, NC

October 19, 2017

Rest in peace Brother! We have the watch from here. May God Bless your Family and Friends.


October 19, 2017

Rest in peace Brother....My thoughts are with your family, friends and the members of the BPD during this most difficult and tragic time......

Lt. Joseph Ward, Ret
Jackson, NJ PD

October 19, 2017

Thank you for your service.
Rest in peace.

Sergeant David Sheetz (retired)
Houston Police Dept.

October 19, 2017


Public Safety diving requires a great deal of training and dedication, it is difficult and dangerous work. I’ve had the privilege of working closely with men and women who are Public Safety Divers. During the 2017 Police Unity Tour, I rode in honor of Sgt. Kerry Joseph Winters Sr., Ulster County Sheriff's Office, New York. Sgt. Winters was a member of the Sheriff’s dive team and died during a training dive on Thursday, September 22, 2016. In a few days we will be laying to rest another public safety diver, Officer Craig Lehner, of the Buffalo New York Police Department. Officer Lehner lost his life on October 13, 2017, under similar circumstances. God bless these Officers and their families. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

"Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13

Chief Paul Philipps
Parsippany Police Department

October 19, 2017

Craig, you are the reason why I entered the law enforcement profession when we returned from Iraq. You drove and pushed me to go beyond what I thought I was capable of accomplishing. Your life and leadership touched more people than you ever realized. I will miss you, but this is not goodbye. It is only a separation until we meet again in the next life. Rest now, for you have run the race and finished the course. And once more....until we meet again.

Deputy Matthew Schwock
Madison County Sheriff's Office

October 19, 2017

Rest in peace Officer Lehner. my sincere condolences to your family and to your department and your K-9 partner. God Speed as you now patrol the streets of gold. Your service will not be forgotten.


October 18, 2017

Rest in Peace Brother, Thank you for your sacrifice. You will be missed and eternally honored by your soldiers, fellow officers, family and friends. You are an exceptional example of a leader and human being to those who knew you and It was an honor to have served with you.

Denis Mower (1SG US Army NG Ret)
Dewitt Police Dept, NY

October 18, 2017

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Lehner. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Buffalo Police Department.

U.S. Postal Inspector Scott Horne
U.S. Postal Inspection Service

October 18, 2017

Rest in peace Officer Lehner!
You will not be forgotten!

Willie Bell Hopewell VA!
Friend Of All Law Enforcement Officers!

October 18, 2017

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
Author Unknown

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police Department

October 18, 2017

A tragic loss for so many people. Our prayers are with all the family, both blue and blood, Officer Lehner has left behind. So long as he is kept in their hearts and minds, he will never truly be gone.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

October 18, 2017

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