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HARRISON, N.Y. -- The widow of 15-year New York Police Department veteran and Air National Guard member Joseph Lemm, who was killed along with five other Americans in Afghanistan in December attended the President's 2016 State of the Union speech before a Joint Session of Congress in Washington, D.C., Tuesday.
Christine Beth DeGuisto-Lemm of West Harrison was the guest of Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (Westchester/Rockland).
“The sacrifices Staff Sgt. Joseph Lemm made to protect our communities here in New York and to defend our freedom are the deepest forms of service, deserving the highest recognition,” said Lowey.
“Mrs. DeGuisto-Lemm’s strength and grace are reminders of the sacrifices that military families endure each day and the debt we owe our veterans and military families," Lowey said.
DeGuisto-Lemm.said, “I am honored to represent the families of all United States service members, especially those who have lost loved ones in service to our country."
“We must never forget our fallen heroes.”
Lemm was a member of the Air National Guard's 105th Base Security Squadron and a 16-year veteran of the NYPD.
In addition to his widow, Lemm is survived by two children, Brooke and Ryan.
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