Cuomo orders flags to half-staff for fallen soldier

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009 file photo, U.S. Army soldiers stand with Afghan policemen before a joint patrol of Qalanderkhail, outside of Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. An Afghan official says that a suicide bomber has killed three foreign troops in an attack on a joint Afghan-NATO foot patrol on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. Mohammad Asim Asim, governor of Parwan province said an attacker on a motorcycle rammed a group of eight troops as they patrolled a village near Bagram Airfield, 45 kilometers (28 miles) north of Kabul. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

NEW YORK, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Flags will be lowered to half-staff in New York Wednesday, honoring the death of 15-year NYPD veteran Joseph Lemm.

Staff Sergeant Lemm was one of six American soldiers killed Monday, December 21 in a suicide attack in Afghanistan.

Governor Cuomo says the married father of three served this nation and this state with selflessness and bravery.

We’re also learning about another New York native who was among the six soldiers killed.

Thirty-one-year-old Staff Sergeant Louis Bonacasa was from Coram, Long Island. His family says he was on his fourth tour of duty. Bonacassa’s little brother called him his hero.

The other soldiers lost include Staff Sergeants Peter Taub of Philadelphia, Chester McBride of Georgia and Michael Cinco from Texas.

Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen, who fought for years against the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, also passed as a result of this attack.

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