NYPD detective among 6 dead in suicide bombing

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.

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. (12/21/15)

WEST HARRISON - 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.

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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