NYPD detective among 6 dead in suicide bombing

A suicide attacker killed six Americans in Afghanistan Monday, including an NYPD detective who served as a member of the US Air National Guard.



Staff Sgt. Joseph Lemm, of West Harrison, was among the group targeted as they moved through a village near Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. military facility in Afghanistan, NATO and Afghan officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.



News 12 covered a story featuring Lemm in 2013, after he came home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan to surprise his daughter during a singing contest.



NYPD Commissioner Bratton said in a statement, "Detective Joseph Lemm epitomized the selflessness we can only strive for: putting his country and city first."



Lemm was a 15-year veteran of the NYPD and promoted to detective in January 2014. He served in the Bronx Warrant Squad.



While a member of the NYPD, he was deployed three times, twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq.



He leaves behind a wife and two children.


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