Fundraiser aims to help pay for Westerville Police trip to honor fallen officers in DC


The Westerville community still feels the loss of officers Tony Morelli and Eric Joering.

“The community of Westerville has been strong all along, but even in the past year has grown stronger. They are there to support police, fire and all the other first responders,” Erin, the woman spearheading the fundraiser, said.

She wants that support to continue. She is part of a group that is fundraising to help pay for about 50 Westerville police officers to travel to Washington D.C. in May for National Police Week. The two fallen officer's names will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

“They are still grieving the loss of their brothers and we could make it easier on them as they go to D.C.,” Erin said.

They have placed donation jars in more than a dozen businesses in Uptown Westerville, hoping to raise $15,000.

“We wanted to do something. Obviously we try to give back to the community,” said Barrel and Boar General Manager Nick Hopkins.

Businesses and restaurants like Barrel and Boar were more than happy to help.

“It's very special to them with something that is very unfortunate that happened. We would do everything we can to try and give back,” Hopkins said.

They are hoping to fill these jars and the hearts of the officers as they honor two of their own and continue to be Westerville Strong.

“A tremendous impact. If you walk down Uptown Westerville, you are going to see Westerville Strong posters. Westerville Strong all over the place,” Erin said.

You can donate by stopping by one of the businesses or write a check (write "WPD going to DC" in the memo) to:

FOP Lodge 9
6800 Schrock Hill Court
Columbus, OH 43229

A GoFundMe has also been set up to help pay for the trip. That can be found here.