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Puppy is named for fallen Officer Craig Lehner

An unexpected tribute in memory of Buffalo Police Officer Craig E. Lehner has been paid by a son of fallen Police Officer James A. Shields.

Michael Shields has named his German shepherd puppy "Lehner" in honor of the officer who died last month in a police dive team training accident in the Niagara River off Bird Island pier.

Lehner, who also served in the Buffalo Police K-9 unit, had named his police dog "Shield," in honor of James Shields, who was killed in the line of duty 15 years ago when his patrol vehicle slammed into a tree on Delaware Avenue while responding to a robbery call.

"We just received word of this from the Shields family and it is a nice tribute," said Lt. Salvatore Losi, the K-9 unit's commander. "It continues the connection between these two officers."

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