Room in Hudson County Courthouse dedicated to Jersey City detective killed in the line of duty

The Detective Joseph Seals Media Room was unveiled on Monday.

News 12 Staff

May 10, 2021, 9:46 PM

Updated 1,113 days ago

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A New Jersey police detective killed in the line of duty was honored in Jersey City on Monday.
A room inside the Hudson County Courthouse was named in honor of Jersey City Detective Joseph Seals.
Seals, 40, was killed on Dec. 10, 2019, inside a Jersey City cemetery. He got into a shootout with two gunmen who would later go on to attack a Kosher supermarket.
Police officers, members of the county prosecutor’s office, elected officials, and Seals’ family gathered for the dedication.
“To all the members of the Jersey City Police, your loss is everyone’s loss,” said Hudson County Commissioner Anthony Romano.
Seals was a father of five. His wife and daughters watched on as the courthouse media room was dedicated to Seals.
“Even though we wish Joe could be here with us, opposed to a room. But what we want you to know is we will never forget your husband,” Jersey City Police Director Tawana Moody said.
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez says that many members of her office worked closely with Seals and knew him well. She says that the media room is where officers come to train.
“We thought that was the perfect location for us to keep him in our thoughts…to make sure he’s watching over us while we’re doing some of the training,” Suarez said.
Seals was described as one of the hardest-working officers in the Jersey City Police Department.
“The one that always really went the extra mile. Somebody that you can always rely on,” said Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari.
The dedication marks the start of National Police Week – a week where law enforcement officers and their communities pay tribute to officers killed in the line of duty.


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