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Bridge renamed in honor of fallen NYPD detective, tech sergeant in Westchester County

A special recognition was made this Memorial Day as a bridge in Westchester County was dedicated in honor of a Bronx NYPD detective and fallen hero.

News 12 Staff

May 31, 2021, 10:19 PM

Updated 1,119 days ago

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A special recognition was made this Memorial Day as a bridge in Westchester County was dedicated in honor of a Bronx NYPD detective and fallen hero.
As travelers returned from Memorial Day weekend, they'll see a dedication when crossing the NYPD Detective, Tech Sergeant Joe Lemm Memorial Bridge in West Harrison.
"This is a bridge that I cross over, if not eight, 20 times a day," said Lemm's widow, Chritine Lemm.
It's been a bittersweet day for the family who lost Joseph Lemm nearly six years ago, when the technical sergeant, with the U.S. Air National Guard, was killed during a suicide bombing while on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan.
He left behind a wife, two kids and a community that called him "Superman."
News 12 was there back in 2016, as Lemm's 4-year-old son, Ryan Lemm, saluted his father's casket at the funeral. He is now 10 and his stepsister, 22-year-old Brooke Chaco, is about to join the Arlington police force in Virginia.
"I definitely try and live up to his courageous acts as much as I can," Chaco said.
Now whenever travelers drive across the White Plains Avenue Bridge over I-287 in West Harrison, the hope is that they will remember the fallen hero.
"We get the chance to see his name every day," Chaco said.


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