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Detective Joseph Lemm


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The members of the New York City Police Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums wish to offer their heartfelt condolences to the family of Detective Joseph Lemm, killed-in-action while serving with the NY Air National Guard in Afghanistan, on December 21, 2015. While on perimeter patrol Lemm’s joint NATO-Afghan unit was moving through a village near the Bagram Airbase, when they were attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle. Lemm was killed along with 5 other American Soldiers in the fiery explosion. Joseph Lemm was on his third deployment after serving first in Iraq in 2011. Next came his first tour of duty in Afghanistan from 2012 into 2013. This most recent deployment began this past August. Det. Lemm was assigned to the Bronx Warrant Squad and a 15 year veteran of the NYPD. Joseph Lemm died a true American Hero defending the United States of America while serving as a brave Staff Sergeant in the NY Air National Guard. While at home he continued his brave service as an NYPD Detective protecting the citizens of NYC. His ultimate sacrifice will be felt throughout the Guard and the NYPD by all who served with him. Det. Lemm leaves behind his loving wife Christine, teenage daughter Brook and young son Ryan. Please remember the Patriotism of Joseph Lemm and the terrible grief his family now faces as we prepare for Christmas. Be assured their Military and Police Families will be by their sides.

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