LOHUD: The Journal News

7:51 a.m. EST Dec. 31, 2015

Joseph Lemm: N.Y. mourns 'Superman'

By Hoa Nguyen and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon

Under a drizzly fog that seemed to underscore the nature of the day, West Harrison resident and NYPD Detective Joseph Lemm was laid to rest with full military honors Wednesday.

His widow, Christine, and their two children gathered around his casket, briefly touching it as they bid their final farewell at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne while a contingent of more than 200 family, friends and other mourners looked on.

The personal moment capped a day of public remembrance attended by thousands of people in midtown Manhattan for the beloved 45-year-old officer, one of six Americans killed by a suicide bomber Dec. 21 in Afghanistan.

"Joe was extraordinary in every way... (and) was given every gift but length of years," said the Rev. Christopher Monturo, the pastor of St. Anthony of Padua church in Lemm's hometown, during the funeral Mass. "Now all know of Joe's spirit, which cannot be contained to one place...We will never forget him."

New York City police officers, Air National Guard members and other uniformed officers from across the region came en masse for the funeral. Close to 2 miles of Fifth Avenue were closed off to vehicle and pedestrian traffic as law enforcement and military personnel filed into the cathedral, where Cardinal Timothy Dolan helped celebrate Mass.