Hundreds gather for candlelight vigil at First Responders Park


WESTERVILLE, Ohio - People came by the hundreds to First Responders Park in Westerville on Tuesday to support two fallen Westerville police officers.

They came to show respect and to light a candle in the honor of officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering.

Cooper Winger, 4, passed out candles to people as they came in.

"I'm passing out candles because it's important," he said. "Because we have to pass all the candles out for the police officers."

"We push forward out of that ugly and talk about the positive at home and why this is so important," Cooper's mother Carrie Winger said.

Carrie Winger works for the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary. Her husband has been a police officer at the Ohio State University for 18 years.

"These officers gave their lives," she said. "They're civil servants. They deserve the honor and the respect of going in and putting their lives first before another citizen and that's what happened the other day."

Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer addressed the crowd.

"What a tribute," he said. "When I look out in this sea of love."

The brightest light, Morbitzer said, is the memories of the two men who couldn't be at Tuesday's vigil. The two men, he says, we should all aspire to be.

"We live the life of Tony Morelli and Eric Joering," he said. "And, we hold them as role models for us to achieve what they've done every day."