The City of Bayonne will host an event to honor fallen Jersey City Police Det. Joseph Seals, a Peninsula City native, at DiDomenico Park next week.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“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,” Mayor Jimmy Davis said in a statement.
“Detective Seals gave his life after eighteen years of outstanding service in law enforcement. Let us honor him as a community on September 17.”
Seals was killed in a domestic terrorism incident in Greenville on December 10th, 2019, which claimed three other innocent lives before the shooters committed suicide.
Next Friday’s event at DiDomenico Park, also known as 16th Street Park, will feature a ceremony, concert, and food trucks.
At 5:00 p.m. that day, 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 situated past the DiDomenico City Pool, across from the basketball courts that are located on the way down to the lower level of the park.
An hour later, The Beginnings, a Chicago tribute band will play a free concert at the amphitheater stage on the lower level of the park where the Summer Sounds concert series takes place each summer.
Additionally, T-shirts will be offered for sale to benefit the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, the
foundation that 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 September 11, 2001.
Parking at the park will be very limited, due to the presence of the food trucks. Space for parking and a shuttle service will be available at the former A&P parking lot at 163 Avenue A, which is located between 7th Street and North Street.
Shuttles from that parking lot to the park will start running at 4:30 p.m. The last return shuttle will leave 16 th Street for the former A&P lot at 8:15 p.m.