BAY RIDGE, Brooklyn — When "Sopranos" star Tony Sirico read about the service of NYPD Detective Joseph Lemm, the staff sergeant killed by a suicide bomber on a tour in Afghanistan last year, he knew he had to do something to honor him.
“This was a real deal guy, he had a heart of gold. Everyone loved him including me,” Sirico said.
He teamed up with the NYPD Detectives Endowment Association and Bay Ridge Hyundai — which held it’s grand opening Saturday — to donate a brand new car to Detective Lemm’s 17-year-old stepdaughter Brooke.
“Thank you to Hyundai and to all the NYPD officers,” Brooke said.
Detective Lemm pulled double duty, serving the city and his country.
That’s something that’s not lost on Brooke.
“The second he came home, it was just like a breath of fresh air, I think not seeing him so much and then when he came in the front door and everyone put a smile on their face, I think it made everyone realize how much he means to us,” she said.
DEA vice president Paul DiGiacomo said Detective Lemm left a lasting legacy in the department.
“It’s a tremendous loss for the department, at a time when policing is very difficult in the city of New York, Detective Joe Lemm is the reason why crime is down in this city," DiGiacomo said.
One thing Brooke won't have to worry about for now is insurance. The owner of Bay Ridge Hyundai is footing the bill for six months.