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Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Sgt. Joseph Lemm Of Westchester

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for flags at state government buildings be flown at half-staff after Technical Sgt. Joseph Lemm after he was killed Dec. 21 in Afghanistan.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for flags at state government buildings be flown at half-staff after Technical Sgt. Joseph Lemm after he was killed Dec. 21 in Afghanistan. Photo Credit: File photo
New York Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm, killed Dec. 21 by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, was buried in Hawthorne.
New York Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm, killed Dec. 21 by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, was buried in Hawthorne. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

The New York State Senate unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday to honor the heroic service of Technical Sgt. Joseph Lemm of West Harrison, who was killed Dec. 21 in Afghanistan.

Resolution J3308, sponsored by State Sen. George Latimer, a Rye Democrat, recounts Lemm's courage and sacrifice for his county as part of the New York Air National Guard and with the New York Police Department.

"I'm proud to sponsor this legislation," Latimer said.

The resolution notes that Lemm, a 15-year veteran police officer with the New York Police Department, was killed by a suicide bomber while serving his country in Afghanistan. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

A native of Nebraska, Lemm, 45, was known as Superman with the NYPD, the resolution said. He was honored by the police department after tracking down two of three teens he saw running away from a stabbing in December 2005. He was off-duty at the time.

Click here for a report on his Dec. 29 funeral .

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