PHOTOS: At the funeral of Jersey City Detective Joseph Seals

The National Chaplains Association released the following today:

The tragic events of last Tuesday plunged us all into grief as we struggled, and still struggle, to process the magnitude of the tragedy. One thing it also brought home is the tremendous sacrifice our law enforcement officials make every day, going out into the heart of danger and not knowing if they will make it home at the end of the day. We can fall into the rut of taking their role for granted, until a tragedy like this brings their true heroism to light.

We join the Jersey City Police Department in mourning the devastating passing of heroic Detective Joseph Seals, and we applaud the bravery of all of their officers who responded on Tuesday. They ran into a volatile, incredibly dangerous situation and risked their lives to save so many. Today, and every day, our law enforcement partners deserve our support and our prayers.

In memory of the late Detective Seals, and to express our heartfelt support for all of our law enforcement members, the National Chaplains Association produced cards with a beautiful Prayer for Police Officers. These cards are now being delivered to nearly all of the law enforcement agencies in the state and beyond.

During these trying times, we must come together as a community to grieve the fallen and appreciate their sacrifice as they were killed for who they are. We also must appreciate those that are still with us and recognize that every day, our law enforcement members wake up prepared to make that same sacrifice if the situation should chas veshalom call for it. We cannot take their role for granted as they face the sobering reality that it could one day be their own loved ones grieving in the manner that Detective Seals’ wife and children now are.

Please join us by keeping the dedicated heroes in blue in mind in your prayers, as they dedicate their lives to the protection of yours.

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