4-year-old Son Salutes his Dad at Funeral

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NEW YORK (AP) — The 4-year-old son of a fallen U.S. soldier saluted his father's flag-draped casket Wednesday as it was carried from St. Patrick's Cathedral following a funeral Mass attended by hundreds of uniformed police officers. Joseph Lemm, a Nebraska country boy turned New York City police detective, had Superman's good looks and superhero bravery, mourners were told at the service, which was held a little more than a week after he was killed in Afghanistan. The Superman nickname "suggested people wanted to be like him," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in his eulogy. Thousands of civilians, military personnel and police officers from departments across the state lined the streets outside the landmark Manhattan cathedral. Lemm's 4-year-old son, Ryan, sat on the shoulders of an NYPD officer and wore his hat as the hearse arrived. Later, after the service ended, he stood on the cathedral steps and saluted as his father's casket was carried away.

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