Honoring Our Fallen Officers

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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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A joint funeral service for Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering was held on Friday, February 16 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 313 N. State St. followed by a procession down State Street in Uptown Westerville. 

The City of Westerville and Westerville Division of Police would like to extend our profound gratitude to the Westerville and broader Central Ohio community for their outpouring of support. 

Together we will remain Westerville Strong. 

Please continue to check this page for opportunities to honor Officers Morelli and Joering and support your Westerville Division of Police. 


HOW 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.

LOWER FLAGS 

On Monday, Feb. 12, Gov. John Kasich issued a proclamation that U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff at all public buildings and grounds in the state. Read the proclamation

LIGHT UP BLUE

Display a blue light and/or ribbon at your home. Learn more about this initiative.  

VIGILS

The list of vigils is being updated as we receive information. These events are not being coordinated by the City of Westerville. Please send any official vigil notices to communityaffairs@westerville.org to have them included on this list. 

  • Sunday, Feb. 18:
    • 6 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 307 Huber Village Blvd. 

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.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP

The members of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9 have set up a GoFundMe account (https://www.gofundme.com/FOPLodge9HelpFund) in the names of Officers Joering and Morelli.

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

NEWS MEDIA

Please contact Christa Dickey, Public Information Officer, at (614) 901-6411 or by emailing christa.dickey@westerville.org with inquiries.

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