JERSEY CITY, NJ Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals, killed in the line of duty on Tuesday, was a Bayonne native, according to two people who shared their memories of the respected law enforcement official with TAPinto Bayonne.

“He was the nicest guy,” Carissa Golomb said. “He always made everyone laugh.”

Seals, 39, is survived by his wife and five children, Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly said during a press conference. A 15-year veteran, Seals was a member of the JCPD’s Ceasefire Unit and responsible for taking more guns off the streets than any other member of the city’s police department, he said.

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Also sharing a memory of Seals was Mike Embrich who said the two knew each other growing up but hadn’t seen each other in many years until both were in the hospital waiting for their wives to give birth in 2017.

In a conversation with TAPinto Bayonne, Embrich said his wife had been in labor for more than a day. “He could tell that I was mentally and physically exhausted, and scared,” Embrich said. Seals, Embrich recalled, had advice for the new father: Cherish this, it goes by so fast.

Despite not being in touch, Embrich said, they never lost that “Bayonne bond.”

Seals was killed along with three bystanders and two suspects on December 10 in a gun battle in Jersey City that is believed to have started at a cemetery and included an hours-long standoff at a kosher supermarket. The shooting is not believed to have been terror related.

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