An NYPD detective nicknamed “Superman” by his fellow cops was one of six US troops killed Monday in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan, where he was serving in the Air National Guard.
Detective Joseph Lemm, 45, of the Bronx Warrant Squad was killed when a bomb-laden Taliban assassin on a motorcycle targeted a joint American-Afghan patrol near a major US air base.
“Earlier today, we lost one of our Finest in a suicide bombing in Bagram, Afghanistan,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Monday night. “Detective Joseph Lemm epitomized the selflessness we can only strive for: putting his country and city first.”
Lemm, a staff sergeant in the Guard, was nominated for a Post Liberty Medal in 2006 after he chased down a teen who had stabbed another youth.
He started out at the 48th Precinct and then moved to the Bronx Warrant Squad about five years ago.
Lemm, who lived in West Harrison in Westchester, County leaves behind a wife, Christine, and two children: a 17-year-old daughter, Brook, and 4-year-old son, Ryan.
The 15-year NYPD veteran and native of Nebraska was a third-grade detective who was promoted under Bratton in January 2014.