Buffalo came calling today.
There was a need, a real desire for unity. And it came. We saw it during the search for Officer Craig Lehner. So many prayed for a miracle. So many hoped. That wouldn’t be the case, but the praying never stopped. Once they found the 34-year-old, it was a collective heartbreak and a collective resolve.
We stick together. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We stick together. It’s in our DNA.
I’ve never been more proud of my neighbors. The ones who sold blue pumpkins. Or made special shirts. The ones who stood along that procession route during the pouring rain. Or made their way into Key Bank Center for a memorial of a man they didn’t know.
That’s something special.
I don’t think they do that in other cities.
Maybe I’m wrong.
I’ve talked to many first responders today. Friends. Neighbors. They all say the same thing; they know their job is dangerous but they do it for all the right reasons. They do it for us. I’ve never felt more grateful for that.
I watched the local reporters covering the service. I know that is not easy to do – but, they brought their A game. All of them.
I read countless articles by this Buffalo News reporters – all so heartfelt and wonderful. And I must have looked at hundreds if not thousands of photos, Facebook posts and tweets. All so sweet. So kind. So poignant. So Buffalo.
It’s been an emotional day and one that we won’t soon forget. We learned about who Craig Lehner was today. What he stood for. And it was remarkable.
Buffalo is an amazing place to live and raise a family.
This is my home and I have never been more proud to say that.