Joseph G. Lemm, NYPD detective killed in Afghanistan, remembered at St. Pat’s funeral

“A now-fatherless 4-year-old boy saluted the flag-draped coffin carrying an NYPD detective and airman killed by a Taliban suicide bomb as thousands outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral joined Wednesday to mourn.

Sitting on the shoulders of a uniformed police officer, Ryan Lemm paid his final respects to his father, Joseph G. Lemm, an Air National Guard technical sergeant who died in Afghanistan last week,” writes Matthew Chayes in the December 30, 2015 NY Newsday.

Lemm, 45,  was killed with five other service members on December 21, 2015 in a suicide bombing near Bagram Air Field. The married father of two was a 16-year veteran of the NYPD who worked the recovery effort at the World Trade Center. He was on his fourth tour of duty with the Air National Guard.

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