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Benefit Concert To Be Held In Honor Of NYPD Detective Killed In Afghanistan

NEW YORK (CBSNEwYork) -- A benefit concert will be held next month in honor of U.S. soldier and NYPD Detective Joseph Lemm, who was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan last month.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will host the concert featuring The Drifters and The New York Tenors at the Capitol Theater on Feb. 25.

All proceeds and donations from the event will benefit Lemm's family.

"You will never be alone," foundation chairman Frank Siller told Lemm's family.

"We cannot make the pain of losing your exceptional husband and father go away, but we can help with some of the practical things," former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said. "America is there for you, anything you need, any help that you need."

Lemm was one of six Americans killed on Dec. 21 when a suicide bomber rode a motorcylce into a group of U.S. soldiers outside Bagram Air Base.

The 45-year-old Westchester resident was a technical sergeant in the Air Guard's 105th Base Security Squadron and a 15-year member of the NYPD, working out of the 50th Precinct in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.

His nickname was "Superman" because of his big size and big heart.

Lemm is survived by his wife, Christine; his teenage daughter, Brooke; and a 4-year-old son, Ryan.

"He is proud looking down on everybody here and everybody that cannot be here. With his big smile right now he's looking down saying 'thank you,'" Lemm's widow, Christine, said. "Please remember Joe and honor him forever because he's one of a kind. There's nobody in this entire world that is like Joe."

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