Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday to honor Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner, who died in the line of duty while training with the underwater recovery team.
The Peace Bridge and Niagara Falls in Western New York will also be illuminated blue Wednesday night.
Officer Lehner’s body was found in the Niagara River on Oct. 17 after he disappeared in the water while doing a routine training exercise with the department’s underwater rescue team on Oct 13. Agencies from across the state and in Canada spent five days looking for the 9-year veteran of the department, finding him near Strawberry Island. Police are investigating what exactly happened that afternoon.
Officer Lehner, 34, will be buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery. His funeral services are being held at Key Bank Center on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Police are expecting 5,000 to 10,000 uniformed members to attend the services and thousands of community members to line the streets to pay their respects.