An outpouring of love in response to tragedy
The death of Police Officer Craig Lehner seems to have brought so many people together in our community. Many of those mourning his passing on Wednesday were representatives of his own Buffalo Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, family and friends, and others whose life he touched coming together to pay their respects.
What was so interesting and touching, though, were the masses of individuals who, without ever having met him, showed an outpouring of love and support in his honor. Seeing the streets lined with people (even in poor Buffalo weather fashion) was powerful and inspiring. Coming together in a time of tragedy can be helpful in the grieving and healing process so many people need now.
It’s things like this that make the Buffalo community a special place to live. The solidarity shown will hopefully be a powerful catalyst and reminder of the need to stand together as a community versus divided.
Jenna Witkowski, LCSW