Westerville officers honored at national memorial

Credit: WBNS-TV

WASHINGTON, D.C. - About 50 members from the Westerville police department stood together, tears in their eyes, as they honored their lost brothers Monday night at the national police memorial in Washington, D.C.

One by one, the names of 371 fallen officers were read including those of Westerville officers Eric Joering and Tony Morelli.

Morelli and Joering were shot and killed in the line of duty in February 2018.

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The candles, like those fallen, were shining bright.

“Kind of same numbness I felt when I got the phone call. It's very surreal. My heart goes out to the families, sons, and daughters. It's a terrible thing and a loss for the community,” said Westerville Interim Chief Charles Chandler.

It was a sea of light and blue as officers stood together mourning those who are lost but not forgotten.

“It lets you know there are other people who are hurting out there who have the same loss. It also lets you know everybody comes together to support each other,” Chandler explained.

“God bless Tony and Eric, God bless their families. Thanks to Westerville for all the support and for all of central Ohio,” Chandler said.