What you need to know for Officer Lehner’s funeral

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The funeral for Officer Craig Lehner will take place this Wednesday at 10 a.m.

The service will happen at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, and Terry and Kim Pegula are absorbing the cost of the ceremony. Buffalo police expect roughly 5,000 uniformed personnel to attend.

Several K-9 units from around the state will line the street outside of the arena.

Following the ceremony, a procession will go from KeyBank Center to Forest Lawn Cemetery. Lehner’s K-9 partner, Shield, will be part of the procession and will follow the casket into the ceremony.

Here are the streets that will be closed from 6 a.m. until the early afternoon:

  • Delavan Ave. between Delaware Ave. and Main St.
  • Main between Canisius College and Delavan
  • Ohio from Ganson St. to Michigan Ave.
  • Erie St. into the Erie Basin Marina, which will be used for the parking of police cars.
  • Intermittent closures on Delaware from Niagara Square to Forest Lawn. Complete closure during procession around 11/11:30 a.m.

Officers will be lining the streets and saluting the hearse as it drives by.

Those interested in watching the procession should line up on Delaware Ave. from Niagara Square to Delavan.

Members of the public who are not attending the funeral are encouraged to avoid the area from 6 a.m. until the early afternoon.

Visiting hours will take place on Monday and Tuesday from 3-8 p.m. at Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home at 4199 Lake Shore Rd. in Hamburg.


Here is more information on the funeral arrangements, courtesy of city officials:

Important Travel Advisory and Parking Information:

  • Road and street closures will begin on Lakeshore Road in Hamburg at 8:30 AM as the funeral procession for Buffalo Police Officer Craig E. Lehner moves from Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, proceeding north on Route 5 to the KBC in the City of Buffalo.
  • At that time, the northbound lanes of Route 5 will be closed intermittently from Camp Road, Hamburg to the Ohio Street exit in Downtown Buffalo, on a rolling basis, until all of the processional vehicles have passed.
  • The procession will turn right on Michigan Avenue from Ohio Street; turn left on Perry Street; turn  right on Washington Street; turn left on Scott Street; turn left on Main Street; and turn left on Perry Street.
  • No unauthorized traffic will be permitted in the restricted area from 7:00 AM until12:00 PM (or until the full procession has left the KBC).
  • Members of the public are encouraged to utilize public transportation, as the NFTA will be providing more frequent rail service throughout the day. The following parking is open to the public, until all spaces are filled:
  • Closest to Fountain Plaza Metro Rail – Augspurger Ramp – 362 Pearl Street, Buffalo 14202 (1.1 mi from Key Bank Center)
  • Closest to Church Street Metro Rail: 
    • Ellicott-Oak Lot – 205 Ellicott Street, Buffalo 14203 (.08 mi from Key Bank Center)
      Adam Ramp – 343 Washington Street, Buffalo 14203 (.07 mi from Key Bank Center)
      Fernbach Ramp – 200 Pearl Street, Buffalo 14202 (.08 mi from Key Bank Center)
      Main Place Ramp – 221 Pearl Street, Buffalo 14202 (.08 mi from Key Bank Center)

Parking within Walking Distance of Key Bank Center – 1 Seneca Ramp – 1 Seneca Tower, Buffalo 14203 (.05 mi from Key Bank Center)

Memorial Service Details:

  • The funeral is open to the public. The Key Bank Center (KBC) participants that are not part of the formal procession from the funeral home are asked to arrive by 9:00 AM. All public guests are asked to assemble outside of the arena before 9:00 AM.
  • Members of the public will be asked to assemble to view the procession on the sidewalks on the north and south sides of Perry Street, west of the KBC Main Entrance Doors.  Sidewalk viewing will also take place on Main Street between Perry Street and Hanover Street and on Hanover Street and Scott Street between Main Street and Washington Street. Overflow members of the public may continue to watch the procession on the east side of Washington Street between Perry Street and Scott Street.
  • Members of the public will be asked to enter the KBC through the west side Entrance Doors, near Main Street and Perry Street, after the procession has moved inside, and will be directed to seating in the 300 level of the KBC.
  • Floor seating will be reserved for the Lehner Family and Friends, all members of the Buffalo Police Department and Dignitaries.
  • Seating for all additional first responders will be in the 100 and 200 levels of the KBC.
  • There will be no photography allowed inside the building, including cell phone photography – with the exception of credentialed media, City of Buffalo and Buffalo Police photographers.
  • Please remember that despite the venue, this is a religious service. Reporters and guests inside the KBC are asked to decline from posting to social media from inside the venue out of respect for the solemnity and decorum of this service. Reporters outside of the KBC will have live access to the broadcast and can post to social media from outside the facility, so this restriction will not prevent reporting on this event.

Important Travel Advisory and Parking Information:

  • The procession will leave the KBC at approximately 11:30 AM and will proceed to Forest Lawn Cemetery from Perry Street. It will then turn left on Michigan Avenue; turn left on Scott Street; turn right on Washington Street; turn left on Exchange Street; turn right on Franklin Street and proceeding by Buffalo Police Headquarters at Church Street; turn left on Niagara Street; turn right at Niagara Square; and turn right on Delaware Avenue, proceeding northbound to West Delavan Street to the entrance to Forest Lawn Cemetery at 1411 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo 14209.
  • The procession will arrive at the Cemetery and proceed to Section 33 ½. Graveside seating will be available only for the Lehner family and friends who enter with the official procession. Credentialed media will be escorted to the press area in this Section, but must arrive at the Delaware – West Delavan entrance by 10:00 AM.
  • Parking will be restricted (as posted) from the foot of Franklin Street at Seneca Street to Niagara Square; and on the east and west sides of North Street at Delaware Avenue.
  • Traffic on Delaware Avenue in the north and southbound lanes and on all east/west cross streets will be intermittently delayed until the procession passes.
  • Parking will be prohibited on the east (northbound) side of Delaware Avenue from Niagara Square to West Delavan Street.
  • Main Street from West Delavan Street to Jefferson Avenue; and Delavan Street between Main Street and Delaware Avenue will be closed from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
  • Buses transporting members of the Buffalo Police Department will park off-site and will return for pick-up at the conclusion of the ceremony at the Cemetery.
  • Anyone that is not participating in the Memorial Service is asked to avoid the areas in and around Key Bank Center on Wednesday morning, if at all possible.
  • All traffic and parking from the north at Exchange Street / Upper Terrace; from the south on South Park Avenue; from the east on Michigan Avenue; and from the west on Erie Street will all be closed to the public from 7:00 AM until 12:00 PM. Only law enforcement vehicles will be permitted in these areas. Please expect delays for detoured traffic.
  • Buffalo Police Department personnel, who are not part of the procession or are traveling by bus, and all other first responders will be directed to park at the Erie Basin Marina, where shuttles will be provided to the KBC.
  • K-9 Unit Officer Vehicles and Buffalo Police Department Civilian Employees will be directed to park at Michigan Avenue and Scott Street and at Washington Street and Scott Street.
  • Dignitaries will be asked to park on Illinois Street between Perry Street and South Park Avenue. Dignitary vehicles should enter the restricted area at Michigan Avenue and South Park Avenue.

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