The wife and five children of Joseph Seals, the Jersey City detective killed during a deadly shootout Tuesday, Dec. 10, will have at least one less burden after his death, as a charity for first responders has stepped up to pay off the mortgage of their home. 

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which assists first responders and their families, announced their plans to pay for the mortgage on the North Arlington home on Thursday night. Tunnel to Towers representatives held a press conference to formally announce their plans alongside Mayor Steven Fulop at the City Hall council chambers Friday morning. 

Seals, 40, was shot and killed Tuesday in Bayview Cemetery when he confronted David Anderson and Francine Graham in their stolen U-Haul van. The pair then went on to massacre three people at a kosher grocery store.

The public is asked to donate for the mortgage payoff effort at tunnel2towers.org.