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The City of Westerville and the Westerville Division of Police (WPD) thank the community for their continued support after the deaths of Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering. On this page you will find memorial updates, events and other opportunities to honor first responders in our community.

MEMORIAL

The memories of Officers Morelli and Joering will not be forgotten. A police memorial will be built at First Responders Park to honor those who protect and serve our community.

The City of Westerville is honored to be included in the announcement of the state of Ohio's capital budget for the creation of this memorial. The allocation of $500,000 in funding, once approved by the General Assembly, will be augmented with donations and local funds to ensure its completion. The City appreciates the support of Governor Kasich, House Speak Cliff Rosenberger, Senate President Larry Obhof, House Speaker Pro Tem Kirk Schuring and Representative Anne Gonzales in offering State support.

This funding advances our plan to begin designing the permanent site in 2018. There will be many more updates to come. Check back for more information on the memorial planning and progress.

FUNDRAISERS

A list of corporate fundraisers is being updated as we receive information. These fundraisers are not being coordinated or endorsed by the City of Westerville. Please send any official fundraiser notices to communityaffairs@westerville.org to have them included on this page.

  • Ongoing:
    • KE WA PA Sales, Inc.: A portion of proceeds from special memorial mats will benefit the Morelli and Joering families. Please see flier for details.
    • Megan Lee Designs: 100% of profits from Westerville Police t-shirts will be donated to the Morelli and Joering families.
    • Thin Blue Line USA: 100% of profits from sale of special thin blue line wristbands will be donated to the Morelli and Joering families by way of FOP Capital City Lodge #9.

OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT

In lieu of flowers, the families of Officer Morelli and Officer Joering request that donations be made to Ohio Concerns of Police Survivors, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that operates as a peer support network for survivors whose loved ones have died in the line of duty.  For more information, please contact Laura Richards, Trustee, at lerichards.ocops@gmail.com.

CME Credit Union in Westerville will accept donations and route those to the families. Please beware unsubstantiated accounts attempting to collect funds.

FOOD DONATIONS

We thank the community for the gracious outpouring of support. Through the generosity of the community, we currently have more food and drink donations than we can store. If you would like to donate food or drinks, please first contact the Westerville Division of Police Records Bureau at (614) 901-6450 as they will be coordinating these donations.

WESTERVILLE'S FALLEN OFFICERS

On Saturday, Feb, 10, Officer Anthony Morelli and Officer Eric Joering were killed in the line of duty while responding to a hang-up 9-1-1 call. Officer Morelli was a 29-year veteran of WPD; Officer Joering had been with WPD for 16 years.

The City of Westerville and Westerville Division of Police continue to request your thoughts and prayers for the officers and their families.

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