REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN OFFICERS IN FEBRUARY
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 placing blue lights and ribbons at their homes/businesses during the month of February.
UPDATE: The Westerville Electric Division is currently out of free blue bulbs for the public. More lights have been ordered. We will provide an update when they are available for pickup.
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 September 11, 2019 in time for the annual 9/11 Memorial Observance. 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.
ODOT HONORS 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.
- 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.
- 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
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 email@example.com.
CME Credit Union in Westerville will accept donations and route those to the families. Please beware unsubstantiated accounts attempting to collect funds.
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.