Tunnel To Towers To Pay Off Mortgage Of Slain Jersey City Detective

Peter Haskell
December 13, 2019 - 12:16 pm
Detective Joseph Seals

Jersey City POBA


JERSEY CITY, N.J. (WCBS 880) — The widow of Jersey City police Detective Joseph Seals will not have to worry about making house payments.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced Friday that they will pay off the detective's mortgage in full.

"It's a huge burden. Everyone who has a mortgage knows it's a burden and now she doesn't have to worry about it, so she's overwhelmed," said Seals' cousin, Justin Smith, who spoke with the detective's widow.

The foundation also said that moving forward it will cover the mortgage of every police officer killed in the line of duty across the country.

"The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is going to pay every mortgage of every police officer throughout this great country every single time from this day forward," said CEO Frank Siller, who started the foundation to honor the memory of his firefighter brother who died on 9/11.

Seals was a 13 year veteran of the department. The married father of five was killed on Tuesday when he confronted the two people who went on to kill three others at a kosher grocery store.

There were 50 children in a yeshiva right next door to the market and Mayor Steven Fulop believes the attackers intended a massacre on the scale of Sandy Hook.

"We could have been looking at a tragedy as significant as Sandy Hook, which is one of the worst things this country has ever seen," said Fulop. "Based on the fact that the perpetrators had five guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition indicating that they wanted to do more than three murders."

Twenty-six people were killed at the Connecticut elementary school seven years ago.

Meanwhile, Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered the flags on all state buildings fly at half-staff through next Friday in honor of the four victims of the Jersey City shooting.

The rampage is being investigated as a hate crime and an act of domestic terror.

A funeral for Seals will be held next week. A GoFundMe page has also been created to help raise funds for Seals' family.