Buffalo (NY) Police Officer Craig E. Lehner Missing, Presumed Drowned

We are following the dive search and recovery operation for Buffalo (NY) Police Officer Craig E. Lehner, who disappeared while under water during a training exercise in this Niagara River.

The words spoken by co-workers paint a picture of a man, whose loss is already being deeply felt on both sides of the Niagara River.

The efforts to find Officer Lehner include personnel and equipment from multiple agencies throughout the region. Those efforts have been complicated by weather, strong currents, lack of visibility, countless underwater obstructions and the vastness of the search area.

Those of us who have worked around such dive operations know that one hopes for the best, but at some point the mission may transition from search and rescue to search and recovery.

To his family, his brother officers (including his K-9 patrol partner, Shield): we feel your loss.

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