(February 14, 2020 / JNS) The mayor of Jersey City, along with members of the Orthodox Jewish community in New York and New Jersey, presented a check of $48,000 to the family of Det. Joseph Seals, who was killed on Dec. 10 during a Jersey City shootout with two suspects who then attacked a kosher supermarket.
The check was given on Tuesday at City Hall in Jersey City to the widow and five children of Seals, 40. Carmine Disbrow, president of the Jersey City Policemen’s Benevolent Association, accepted on behalf of the family.
A crowdfunding campaign started in memory of the detective was launched through the Chesed Fund, with the goal of raising $25,000. It was spearheaded by Jewish leaders in the Jewish neighborhood of Flatbush in Brooklyn, N.Y., and administered in collaboration with the Yeshiva World News website.
Seals was an 18-year law-enforcement veteran who had been with the Jersey City police force since 2006.
A second officer was wounded in the shoulder during the hours-long shooting standoff with two suspects at the JC Kosher Supermarket, where three people inside the grocery store were killed before the suspects were shot dead by police.
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