By ASSOCIATED PRESS and ASHLEY COLLMAN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
30 December 2015
Joseph Lemm, 45, was killed last week in a suicide bombing near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan
The 15-year NYPD veteran was serving as a technical sergeant in the Air Force National Guard
His funeral was held Wednesday at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York City
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio attended the service
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, gave the eulogy
At the time of his death, Lemm was on his final tour of duty and just two months from returning home
The Taliban has taken responsibility for the attack that killed Lemm and five others
Lemm, 45, was a technical sergeant in the Air Guard's 105th Base Security Squadron and a 15-year member of the NYPD. He was killed last Monday when his patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber outside Bagram Air BaseThe young son of a National Guardsman killed in a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan last week proudly honored his father on Wednesday, trying on a police cap at his father's funeral.
Thousands of uniformed police and U.S. military servicemen lined the streets of Manhattan for the funeral for NYPD police detective and airman Joseph Lemm at St Patrick's Cathedral, which was attended by NYPD Commission William Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio, among others.
Lemm's four-year-old son Ryan was a reminder of the gravity of his premature death. Pictures from the emotional event show an officer hoisting Ryan up in his arms and offering the boy his police cap - too big for the youngster's head.
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