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Most emotional moment of Bills tribute to Lehner family happened behind the scenes

The Buffalo Bills dedicated a pregame ceremony in front of the fans on Sunday to remembering Buffalo Police Officer Craig E. Lehner, who died in a dive training accident.

The ceremony brought Lehner's family, his K-9 partner Shield and law enforcement onto the field to pay tribute to the Lehner. Owners Terry and Kim Pegula presented Lehner's mother, Kathleen, with a game ball.

But the most emotional part of the day happened behind the scenes.

The Lehner family was inside the stadium together when they were greeted by Bills Wall of Famer and Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas. He presented them with a jersey with Lehner's name on it and a number 1, thanking them for "everything Craig did for the community."

Kathleen Lehner pointed out that family members were wearing two of Craig Lehner's own jerseys — Thomas' number 34 and Jim Kelly's number 12.

As if that wasn't enough, Thomas presented them with what he called "one more other special little gift" on behalf of the Bills and the NFL — two tickets to the Super Bowl.

Watch the emotional moment:

Bills honor fallen Buffalo police Officer Craig Lehner before Raiders game

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