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.