Bills celebrate local heroes during Raiders game

Posted Oct 30, 2017

In a pregame ceremony during Buffalo's Week 8 game against Oakland, the Bills honored local first responders and paid a special tribute to fallen Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner.

Buffalo’s Week 8 game against the Oakland Raiders, proved memorable for many reasons. In a pregame ceremony for the ages, the Bills honored Western New York’s first responders. Prior to kickoff, the Bills welcomed a group of men and women, who have dedicated their lives to ensure our safety, to the field to receive recognition. Representing all our hometown heroes, were members of the New York State Troopers, Erie County Sheriff’s Department, Erie County Emergency Services, Windom Volunteer Fire Department, Orchard Park Police Department, Buffalo Fire Department, Mercy Flight, AMR Medical Transportation and Badge of Honor Association.

Standing before a crowd of passionate fans, the first responders were celebrated for their accomplishments and commitment to the community. Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander also got involved, by shaking hands and thanking the group for their service. The moving ceremony featured a special tribute to fallen Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner. Invited on-field to take part in the ceremony, were his family, friends, fellow officers and K-9 partner, Shield. In honor of their appreciation for his service, Bills Owners Terry and Kim Pegula presented Lehner’s mother with a commemorative game ball.

The unforgettable moment once again showcased the resiliency, bravery and loyalty to one another that is representative of the city of Buffalo.