Last week we were unfortunate enough to lose a Buffalo Police Officer in a dive rescue training accident in the Niagara River. His funeral ceremony is being held in the local NHL arena tomorrow morning with a procession from there to the cemetery to follow. They’re expecting 5k-10k police officers from all over the country to attend as well as fire, EMS, and military personnel. I’d be attending as a firefighter, but my dress uniform is out for alterations and won’t be returned in time. I still want to honor Officer Lehner in my own way, and the only other way I know how is to photograph the amazing outpouring of support that is going to happen tomorrow. That being said, I don’t have a press pass and I’d be shooting for myself; the local paper I freelance for doesn’t cover buffalo and isn’t interested in running this story. As a first responder myself I understand how to photograph an event like this respectfully from a distance.. but they don’t know that I know that. Would I be out of line to show up and just take photos on my own? Anyone ever done this?