A suicide attacker who ran a motorcycle equipped with explosives into a joint NATO-Afghan patrol Monday, took the life of six American troops, including NYPD officer, Detective Joseph Lemm.

It was the deadliest attack on international forces since late summer. In August Two U.S. troops and an Afghan were wounded.

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Police Commissioner Bill Bratton released a statement on his death saying:

“Earlier today, we lost one of our Finest in a suicide bombing in Bagram, Afghanistan. Detective Joseph Lemm epitomized the selflessness we can only strive for: putting his county and city first. 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. Detective Lemm was a 15-year veteran of the NYPD and was promoted to Detective in January of 2014, serving in the Bronx Warrant Squad. As a member of the NYPD, Detective Lemm was deployed three times, twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq. Detective Lemm leaves behind a wife and two children. Tonight, we grieve and we remember this selfless public servant who dedicated his life to protecting others.”

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As a member of the NYPD, Detective Lemm was deployed three times, twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq.

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