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Buffalo police ordered to fix violations after diver’s death

October 6, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A state agency investigating a Buffalo police diver’s training death is ordering the department to correct four serious safety violations.

A Department of Public Employee Safety and Health report released Saturday says Buffalo Police must enact specific training procedures for the Niagara River, where Craig Lehner died last year.

Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo says most of the violations have already been corrected. He says the department expects to complete all remedial measures within the state agency’s 60-day timeframe.

Lehner, a 34-year-old member of the department’s underwater rescue team went missing during a training dive exercise in the Niagara River on Oct. 13, 2017.

The nine-year veteran of the force was also a member of Buffalo’s K-9 unit.

His body was recovered after a five-day search.

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