NEW YORK (CBSNEwYork) — A benefit concert will be held for the family of NYPD Detective Joseph Lemm, who was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan while serving with the Air National Guard last December.
On the street in the Bronx, the 6-foot-5 Lemm was known as “Superman” because of his big size and big heart.
Lemm was one of six Americans killed on Dec. 21 when a suicide bomber rode a motorcylce into a group of U.S. soldiers outside Bagram Air Base.
“He jumped in front of every body else like he always does and always did,” Nick Ciuffi with the Detectives Endowment Association. “He was always the first one in.”
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will host the concert featuring The Drifters and The New York Tenors at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester on Feb. 25.
All proceeds and donations from the event will benefit Lemm’s wife, Christine; his teenage daughter, Brooke; and a 4-year-old son, Ryan.
“There’s a long way to go before this family is fully matured and are able to move on,” COO John Hodge said. “They’re going to need that assistance.”
The 45-year-old Westchester resident was a technical sergeant in the Air Guard’s 105th Base Security Squadron and a 15-year member of the NYPD, working out of the 50th Precinct in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.
For more information, visit NYPDSuperman.com.