NYPD Detective Among 6 Americans Killed in Afghanistan Suicide Bombing

PHOTO: NYPD Det. Joseph Lemm, seen in this handout photo, was among 6 American service members killed in a suicide blast in Afghanistan on Dec. 21, 2015.PlayNYPD
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A veteran NYPD detective was among the six members of the military killed in Afghanistan, the department said in a statement Monday night.

Det. Joseph Lemm, a member of the Air National Guard, was a 15-year member of the department and a father of two.

"Earlier today, we lost one of our Finest in a suicide bombing in Bagram, Afghanistan," Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a statement.

"Detective Joseph Lemm epitomized the selflessness we can only strive for: putting his country and city first."

Lemm was promoted to detective in January 2014 and served in the Bronx Warrant Squad. He was deployed three times -- twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq, Bratton said.

"Tonight, we grieve and we remember this selfless public servant who dedicated his life to protecting others," Bratton said.

In addition to those killed, two American service members and a contractor were injured during a patrol outside Bagram Air Base.

"It is with deep regret that I learned today that six U.S. service members died in Afghanistan Monday," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement. Carter. "We are still learning all of the details, but two other service members and a U.S. contractor were also injured. They died after a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack on their patrol outside Bagram Air Base. It serves as a painful reminder of the dangers our troops face every day in Afghanistan."

Bagram houses the majority of the 9,800 troops in Afghanistan, part of Operation Resolute Support, in place to train and assist Afghan military forces.