The very publication of the article, which included three photographs from the funeral, miffed a couple of readers, while others saw it as as respectful.
But a reader who identified herself as Claudia stayed away from that debate. Instead, she took the opportunity provided by the comments to deliver an overdue thank-you to Lehnert, who served as a Fair Haven police officer for 14 years before retiring in 2006.
Here’s her comment:
Many years ago, my Suburban ran out of gas on the corner of Hance and River Road. I was late to pick up my kids from school and didn’t stop for much needed tank fill. Embarrassed by my negligence, but concerned over my car blocking the busy intersection, I called FH police. At the time, Officer Lehnert came to my rescue with a can of gas, a good dose of humor and a quiet calm that made me feel like an idiot for shedding useless tears. Regrettably, the hustle and bustle of my life kept me from writing my well-intentioned note of thanks. Here it is…thank you for your kindness, your professionalism and your sense of humor.
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