I’ll admit it – when I saw this story on Channel 4’s website last night, I got teary eyed. The family of Officer James Shields named their puppy – Lehner.
What a beautiful gesture. Just beautiful.
I wanted to know more about why it was important to do this.. about what it means.. and about what kind of puppy little Lehner is.
I remember when Officer Jim Shields was killed in the line of duty. I was working at Channel Two at the time. It was incredibly sad. I did several follow-ups over the years, too. Including several with his partner, Kimberly Monteforte.
It’s always heartbreaking when someone dies – but when they die protecting us – it devastates the entire community. It did back then with Officer Shields. And it did last month with Officer Lehner.
It’s been 15 years since that tragic day. And of course, the loss of Officer Craig Lehner must have brought so many awful memories for all involved. Including members of the Buffalo Police Department.
Shield was named after Officer Jim Shields. An incredible honor. An honor that meant the world to the family of Jim Shields. Mike Shields told me tonight that he will never forget the Craig Lehner’s gesture, “It brought back a lot of memories. I️t was very meaningful to hear how much research he put into trying to choose a name. Based on the research between my dad and Officer Lehner, naming his K9 Shield really did seem fitting. Again, it was an honor and moving that he chose the name Shield.
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