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A message to the community from Westerville's first responders and City staff.


The City of Westerville and the Westerville Division of Police (WPD) are encouraging the community to honor Officers Anthony P. Morelli and Eric Joering by helping to "Light Ohio Blue" from Wednesday, May 8 - Thursday, May 16. This statewide initiative encourages residents to honor all law enforcement officers and their families by displaying blue lights and ribbons at their homes and businesses. Blue light bulbs can be purchased at local hardware stores. 


The memories of Officers Morelli and Joering will not be forgotten. First Responders Park, adjacent to Fire Station 111, is being expanded to honor all who protect, serve and sacrifice. The names of our fallen first responders will appear on the Heroes Memorial Fountain at the park. Designs for First Responders Park have been approved and construction will soon be underway, scheduled for completion by fall 2019. View renderings for the site here.  

The state of Ohio generously donated $500,000 for the project which helped jumpstart the expansion plans for First Responders Park. However, additional funds are necessary to complete the park updates. See how you can contribute to this project that will stand as a beacon of peace and protection, and a symbol that true heroism lives forever.

Download First Responders Park Flier (PDF)


Photo of ODOT sign honoring Officers Morelli, Joering
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) installed signs honoring Westerville’s fallen officers on Monday, Nov. 5. Positioned along I-270, between the Cleveland Avenue and State Street exits, the stretch is now designated the “Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering Memorial Highway.”

The City presented the Morelli and Joering families with a small replica of the signs at the Westerville City Council Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Westerville City Hall.




The City of Westerville does not coordinate or endorse events or fundraisers. However, we do attempt to make the public aware of official fundraisers (sponsored by an individual or organization that may be in some way be vetted or otherwise confirmed). 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 their flier for details.


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.

FEBRUARY 10, 2018

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, Officer Anthony P. 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 thank you for the continued support of our officers and their families.