Body of NYPD Officer Killed in Afghanistan Returning to NY

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -
A U.S. Air Force carry team moves in unison after placing a transfer case with the remains of fallen Staff Sgt. Chester J. McBride of Statesboro, Georgia, into a vehicle during a dignified transfer at the New Castle Air National Guard Base in New Castle, Delaware, December 23, 2015. McBride was one of the six U.S. troops killed by a suicide bomber near Bagram air base in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Doug Curran EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE
A U.S. Air Force carry team moves in unison after placing a transfer case with the remains of fallen Staff Sgt. Chester J. McBride of Statesboro, Georgia, into a vehicle during a dignified transfer at the New Castle Air National Guard Base in New Castle, Delaware, Dec. 23. McBride was one of the six U.S. troops killed by a suicide bomber near Bagram air base in Afghanistan. (Reuters/Doug Curran)

The body of one of the six U.S. troops killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan last week is being returned to New York.

Members of the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing, the New York Police Department and Joseph Lemm’s family will be at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh when his remains arrive on Monday afternoon aboard one of the air wing’s C-17 aircraft.

The 45-year-old Westchester resident was a technical sergeant in the Air Guard’s 105th Base Security Squadron and a 15-year veteran of the NYPD. He was killed last Monday, when his patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber outside Bagram Air Base.

Five other Americans also died, including Staff Sgt. Louis Bonacasa of Long Island. The 31-year-old from Coram was also a member of the Stewart-based security unit.