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Honoring Our Fallen Officers

The memories of Officers Morelli and Joering will not be forgotten. First Responders Park, 374 W. Main St., was expanded to honor all who protect, serve and sacrifice. The names of our fallen first responders are featured on the Heroes Memorial Fountain at the park.The park was rededicated in 2019. Learn more about the park expansion.


Light Ohio Blue

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 May 8 - 15. 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. 

Thank You, Westerville.

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

ODOT Honors Officers Morelli, Joering

Photo of ODOT sign honoring Officers Morelli, JoeringThe Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) installed signs honoring Westerville’s fallen officers 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 to have them included on this page.

Other Ways to Support

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

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.