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NYPD detective killed in Afghan suicide attack is mourned

December 22, 2015 Associated Press
A purple and black bunting hangs over the entrance to the 50th Precinct of the NYPD on Tuesday. Detective Joseph Lemm, a 15-year veteran of the NYPD, was one of six American service members killed Monday in Afghanistan when an attacker rammed an explosives-laden motorcycle into their patrol. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson
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A New York City detective who was killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan was mourned Tuesday as a selfless public servant and a devoted family man.

Detective Joseph Lemm was one of six American service members killed Monday when an attacker rammed an explosives-laden motorcycle into their patrol.

Lemm, a 15-year veteran of the police department, was on his third tour of duty in the Middle East with the Air National Guard.

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Police Commissioner William Bratton said Lemm “epitomized the selflessness we can only strive for: putting his country and city first.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday in Lemm’s honor.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to his family, friends, fellow officers and service members,” Cuomo said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said flags in the city would be at half-staff from Tuesday through Friday.

Lemm, 45, lived in West Harrison with his wife Christine and two children, a teenage daughter and a young son.

According to a 2013 News 12 Westchester report, Lemm surprised his family after a 10-month tour of duty by showing up unannounced to hear his daughter perform in a singing contest.

Bratton said Lemm was promoted to detective third-grade in January 2014 and worked in the Bronx warrant squad.

Lemm received five commendations from the department over the course of his career.

 


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