Just four days before Christmas, Sgt. Joseph Lemm’s wife and two children awaited his call from Afghanistan, which would obviously make the holidays for his family. But they never got a call.
Unexpectedly , a suicide bomber attacked Lemm’s convoy as it patrolled a village. Sgt. Joseph Lemm along with five other American soldiers died in the attack.
Joseph Lemm was 45, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was deployed three times, once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. He grew up in a small Nebraska town, but he wanted to escape the farm life for the city.
He had a passion for sports and always wanted to be a police officer and a soldier.He began his 15-year New York Police Department career at the 48th precinct and was recently promoted to detective.
While in his military service, he got many commendations. The hero soldier was highly respected not just in the military but also at home.
Joseph was nominated for a New York Post Liberty Medal in 2006 after he chased down and caught three suspects involved with stabbing a teenager. His bravery and size. Him being around six-foot-four earned him his nickname: Superman.
”Joe was more than a hero; he was a superhero, and that’s why he got the nickname Superman”, his former partner, Det. John McCrossen said. ”He was there for everyone else before himself. That was Joe”, McCrossen explained.
With the news of his death, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, got the flags of all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Lemm. Thousands of NYPD officers gathered Wednesday to say goodbye to a friend – a husband, a father and a hero, who was taken far too soon.
Over 100 NYPD motorcycles were leading the procession down Fifth Avenue as the drums beat and the sound of “Taps” filled the air. Lemm received full military honors for his heroism and bravery.
As Detective Joseph Lemm’s flag-draped coffin was carried out of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, his 4 year old son, Ryan, gave his hero dad a final goodbye.
The moment was captured in a touching photograph that reminds us the true cost of our nation’s wars – the picture reminiscent of John F. Kennedy Jr. raising the same salute at his father’s funeral.
Joseph left behind a wife, Christine, and Brook his 17-year-old daughter, she read the hauntingly beautiful Chapter Three verses from the Book of Ecclesiastes, ending with the lines, “A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.”
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