Bayonne to rename road, dedicate bench to fallen Det. Seals

The ceremony will be held on Sept. 17 at 16th Street Park

Det. Joseph Seals was a Jersey City police officer and former Bayonne resident.
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Det. Joseph Seals was a Jersey City police officer and former Bayonne resident.

The City of Bayonne and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation will honor the late Detective Joseph Seals at a special event at 16th Street Park in Bayonne on Sept. 17, Mayor James Davis announced. The event will feature a ceremony, a concert, and food trucks.

Detective Seals, a Jersey City police officer and a former Bayonne resident, died in the line of duty in 2019, during the terrorist attack on a Jewish Kosher supermarket in Jersey City. He was shot at Bayview Cemetery prior to the attack when he investigated the U-Haul van the terrorists were in.

Road to be renamed

In a ceremony at 5 p.m. on Sept. 17, the access road that leads from the foot of West 16th Street to the lower level of the park will be renamed Detective Joseph P. Seals Way.

An engraved granite bench set along the road will be dedicated to Detective Seals. That bench is past the DiDomenico City Pool, across from the basketball courts on the way to the lower level of the park.

At 6 p.m. a free concert will feature The Beginnings, a Chicago tribute band. The concert is set for the amphitheater stage on the lower level of the park.

Remembering Joe

Food will be available for purchase from a variety of food trucks in the park.

Parking at the park will be limited, due to the food trucks. Space for parking and a shuttle service will be available at the former A&P parking lot at 163 Avenue A, between 7th and North Streets.

Shuttles from that parking lot to the park will start at 4:30 p.m. The last return shuttle will leave 16th Street for the former A&P lot at 8:15 p.m.

“Detective Seals gave his life after 18 years of outstanding service in law enforcement,” Davis said. “Let us honor him as a community on September 17.”

Supporting Tunnel to Towers

T-shirts will be sold to benefit the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

The foundation honors first responders, veterans, and their families for the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who died while trying to save lives at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Siller’s brother Frank recently passed through Bayonne on his travels across all locations associated with the attacks.

“I urge everyone to come out for this event to pay tribute to Detective Seals and to support the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which paid his family’s mortgage following his death in 2019,” Davis said. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation pays the mortgages of families of first responders who have died in the line of duty, including Seals’s.

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