Westerville honor guard delivers fallen officers cruiser doors to national memorial


Bagpipes ring out at the National Law Enforcement Memorial as fellow officers, families and complete strangers pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“Last year was a year we came here very somber and didn't participate much. This year is much different for us. We are extremely involved. We want to show how much we loved these two, how much respect we have for them and what they've done for the city of Westerville. We want to represent them well,” said Corporal Aaron Dickison with the Westerville Police Department’s Honor Guard.

February 10, 2018 is a date that is etched in the minds of those in Westerville. Now, it is on the memorial wall as well. Fallen Westerville police officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli's names have been added to the wall of the thousands of law enforcement officers across the country who have given their lives for our safety.

“This year is special. It's big for all of the division of Westerville. Last year was tough for us for police week. Anthony and Eric lost their lives in February. Police week happens in May of every year,” Dickison explained.

Westerville police department's honor guard took the car doors from Anthony and Eric's cruisers and placed them at the memorial.

“The doors are significant when it comes to officers who lost their life in the line of duty. These doors are even more significant to us because these are the actual doors that were on their vehicle the day Anthony and Eric lost their lives,” Dickison said.

As the melody of amazing grace echoes around the memorial, Westerville officers are hoping that grace will lead them, and the Morelli and Joering families home.

“Just to represent Anthony and Eric and to support the families. That's the biggest thing right now. The families still need support. What better support than the guys they worked with and the police department.,” Dickison said.

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