Due to the large number of people expected to pay their respects to Officer Craig Lehner at his calling hours next week, the City of Buffalo has arranged for a shuttle service to ferry the public from off-site parking to the Hamburg funeral home where the wake will be held.
Calling hours will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, 4199 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg.
Off-site parking for those attending the wake will be available at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Hamburg, and the Woodlawn Beach parking lot, 3580 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell. The Fisher Bus Company will provide a shuttle at each location, city officials announced Friday morning.
Lehner's funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at KeyBank Center, Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards said at a briefing Thursday morning. Interment will be in Forest Lawn.
The body of Lehner, 34, was recovered Tuesday afternoon in the Niagara River, five days after he disappeared during a police dive team training exercise. Lehner was alone in the river when the tender cable that connected him to colleagues on land became snagged on an unknown object, three police sources told The News on Wednesday. Investigators are still trying to piece together what happened after that.
An autopsy was conducted Wednesday, and police have Lehner's wet suit and diving equipment. They hope the autopsy and diving gear will provide some answers, but police say they may never know all of the answers.
"We're investigating the accident and we have a lot of questions, but at this time we do not have a lot of answers," Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said.
Added Lt. Jeff Rinaldo: "Diving is so technical and there are so many variables. We may never know what happened."
Lehner was the 52nd member of the police department who has died while on duty or because of an incident while on duty in the past 150 years.
Buffalo police say no online donation page has been set up by Lehner's family. One will be announced, but donations now can be sent to Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, 74 Franklin St., Buffalo.