Joseph Lemm was a 15-year member of the force and was on his third tour of the Middle East

By Tim Nudd
Updated December 22, 2015 09:25 AM

The New York Police Department is mourning one of its own, detective Joseph Lemm, who was among six Americans killed Monday by a Taliban suicide bomber on a motorcycle who drove into a military patrol near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

Lemm, 45, a married father of two, was a 15-year veteran of the NYPD and had been promoted to detective in January 2014, serving in the Bronx Warrant Squad, police commissioner William J. Bratton said in a statement Monday night.

As a member of the NYPD, Lemm was on his third deployment – he had done one tour in Iraq and was on his second in Afghanistan.

“Detective Joseph Lemm epitomized the selflessness we can only strive for: putting his country and city first,” Bratton said. “Detective Lemm not only served New Yorkers as a member of this Department, but served his country as a member of the U.S. Air National Guard Tonight, we grieve and we remember this selfless public servant who dedicated his life to protecting others.”

Lemm lived in West Harrison, New York, with his wife Christine and their two children, a teenage daughter named Brooke and a younger son named Ryan, The New York Times reported.

The president of Lemm’s detectives union told the New York Daily News that Lamm was well-liked and well-respected within the NYPD.

“Detective Lemm was very well-liked by his fellow officers at his command and they are deeply saddened,” said Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association.

“Joseph was a good cop and a good American, and we will miss him very much.”