The fallen detective, Joseph Seals, is survived by his wife and five children.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation on Friday said that it would pay off the mortgage for the family of a police detective that was in the Jersey City attack this week, according to a report by Fox News. The late detective, Joseph Seals, is survived by his wife and five children. Seals was gunned down in a cemetery during a shootout on Tuesday between the police and two suspects that unfolded over several hours. The suspects first shot 40-year-old Seals and then went on to gun down three more people at a Jewish market before they were killed in a shootout.
Our city is heartbroken tonight as we learn of the death of JCPD Detective Joseph Seals. Any attack on our brave police is an attack on us all. Det Seals, a Bayonne native, needs us to stand behind his wife and children now. #WeAreBayonne #JerseyCityShooting pic.twitter.com/nYvS2YEmkz— Mayor Jimmy Davis (@DavisForBayonne) December 11, 2019
According to the officials, the suspects had likely been planning to kill far more people. "Everything about it is consistent, that they did not intend to harm only four people -- that they had a larger plan," Jersey City Director of Public Safety James Shea told reporters Friday. “Based on what we know now, the amount of guns, the amount of ammunition, the fact that they had explosive devices -- we would have to assume they planned to do a lot more damage than we allowed them to do."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of @JerseyCity Detective Joseph Seals, a father of 5, who tragically lost his life today while protecting the community he served. #FidelisAdMortem pic.twitter.com/KWTUwWpiPU— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 11, 2019
The authorities state that the shootout may have been started by Seals who was trying to stop an incident involving illegal guns. Seals worked out of the Jersey City police Cease Fire Unit, which is tasked with getting illegal guns off the street. “He [probably] is responsible for more guns being removed from the streets than any,” Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop tweeted. “He was an officer that loved JC [Jersey City], was involved in the city, and one that everyone knew regardless of their precinct.” On Tuesday, a funeral mass will be held for Seals in Jersey City.
Detective Joseph Seals EOW 12/10/2019 of the Jersey City PD is a member of BBO and our hearts are broken. He leaves behind a wife & five children. We have set up a fund at https://t.co/fJiqthMulv via our PayPal: [email protected]— BrothersBeforeOthers (@bboinc14) December 10, 2019
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The foundation took to Twitter to announce: "Just announced, #Tunnel2Towers is paying off the mortgage of fallen @JCPoliceDept. Det. Joseph Seals. Seals leaves behind his wife & five children. Join our efforts with a donation of just $11 per month - help us take care of the families of the fallen." They also provided a link so people could donate a fixed amount monthly that would go towards the foundation's charity fund.
R.I.P. - Detective Joseph Seals identified as police officer killed in Jersey City shooting; he was a married father of 5 😢💔 My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, children and @JerseyCityPD ! #JerseyCityShooting pic.twitter.com/Y5fodKJSSq— Trisha Baum (@Pb11379) December 10, 2019
One Twitter user wrote: "May God continue to Bless you for all that your organization has done in the wake of unfathomable tragedy and will continue to do for future families shattered by the agony of incomprehensible loss and despair. You are helping to lift some of the burden of their pain." Meanwhile. Chief Terence Monahan wrote: "Det. Joseph Seals was a dedicated cop who took countless guns off the street. He was also a father to 5 kids — all who expected him home tonight. The NYPD will #NeverForget his sacrifice. Tremendous courage shown by Jersey City cops today. Our prayers are with all the victims."
Det. Joseph Seals was a dedicated cop who took countless guns off the street. He was also a father to 5 kids — all who expected him home tonight. The NYPD will #NeverForget his sacrifice. Tremendous courage shown by Jersey City cops today. Our prayers are with all the victims. pic.twitter.com/qFksEWUX6L— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) December 11, 2019