HAMBURG, N.Y. -- People streamed through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home Monday, paying their respects to fallen Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner.
Funeral Director Charles Castiglia says the family was moved by the amount of people who came.
"The family wants them here; the family likes this outshowing of support that they've been receiving from everyone. I know our website over the last two hours has been exploding. People are leaving messages of condolences, very heartfelt, very moving messages from people that are really emotionally attached to this situation," Castiglia said.
Public visitation hours took place from 3-8 p.m. Monday, and the funeral home hosted a separate visitation for law enforcement and military from 12-3 p.m.
"We had the URT, the Underwater Recovery Team, here present for almost the whole day, we had police officers from all over, the SPCA has been generous to donate therapy dogs for people to be here for people coming through the lines. We've seen a lot of emotion, especially from the officers breaking down some, having a tough time because they're so close to him," Castiglia said.
Buffalo Comptroller Mark Schroeder says Lehner lived a block away from him.
He says some of his family members knew Lehner, and spoke of him glowingly.
"From the scripture, it says ‘humble yourself before the Lord, and He will exalt you. He will lift you up,’ and I am certain this young man is in Heaven because of everything he has done for this country and for the city of Buffalo," Schroeder said.
Visitation continues Tuesday from 3-8 p.m.
Those attending are encouraged to park at Woodlawn Beach or Saint Francis of Assisi Church, where a complimentary shuttle will take visitors to the funeral home.