See what individuals are saying in regards to the fallen Westerville cops

Holly Zachariah The Columbus Dispatch

By mid-afternoon Sunday, someone had put strips of cardboard and paper into plastic bags outside the Westerville Division of Police, and encouraged people to write memories of the two fallen officers, Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli, or to leave messages of encouragement and support for the police department and the city. The writers then tied them to the tree branches. People came by the dozens to participate, and in just a short time the messages on the branches fluttered in the wind, creating a carousel-like canopy over the lawn.

Some of the messages:

“In every encounter with Westerville PD, I have always been treated with kindness and respect. The only department to ever stop and lend a hand BOTH times I broke down. I ran into Morelli on many occasions, once being pulled over for a loud exhaust and another instance where he bought my lunch in middle school.”
“Officer Joering was the best this city had. No one who met him will ever forget him. Godspeed.”
“I met Officer Morelli 6 years ago when I started working at Westerville Public Library. He served special duty there and always worked the same night as me. We had so many conversations — most of which revolved around family. I was pregnant with Will when I started at WPL and I think where I was at in life made him reminisce about when his kids were younger. And as I was experiencing cycles of no sleep and stress, he would always remind me how quickly these times go and to cherish them. It was always apparent how much he loved his family. It was a gut punch when I heard his name that afternoon as one of the officers lost.”
In a child‘s hand: “Thank you, officers, for being nice men.”
“He came to the annual block party we have each year as part of Westerville‘s outreach to the community. We are a small town, and we interact with these people as neighbors and friends. It is sad to see such a good guy make news for this.”
“Officer Morelli was my ‘adopted‘ officer through the Westerville Citizen‘s Police Academy the first year I participated in the program. Our assignments were totally random. They flipped all the names over on the desk and you just pulled out one at random. When I revealed mine, I remember other members of CPA sitting around me exclaiming, ‘YOU GOT AN *EXTRA* GOOD ONE!‘ … He was the kind of guy who had a rare kind of gentle energy that was a total disruption to the things you see from “movie cops.” He was an officer who carried humanity, compassion, and empathy out of the walls of the police station and into the community. I‘m grateful we had the opportunity to cross paths and for getting to know one of the ‘extra good ones‘.”
“Men and women such as these two who serve honorably and defend and protect may be taken from us by acts of darkness, but their light will not be extinguished. Their service will live on. The light will live in the end.”



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