Westerville Police to end mourning period for fallen officers on March 10
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
The Westerville Chief of Police issued a statement regarding the mourning period of the two fallen Westerville police officers.
Officer Eric Joering and Officer Anthony Morelli were killed on February 10, 2018, when responding to a hang up 911 domestic violence call. Thousands in Central Ohio and around the country showed support for the fallen officers with memorials, blue ribbons, and blue lights.
In the statement, the Chief of Police, Joe Morbitzer, thanked everyone for the support and addressed the question that many had been asking - when is the right time to remove the blue ribbons and replace blue bulbs.
Morbitzer said in his statement:
Our official mourning period for the Division ends March 10, 2018; however, it is our goal to live the ideals and values of Tony and Eric each and every day. We believe it is a personal decision when you feel it is the right time to change out light bulbs and remove the ribbons.
He also encourages everyone to show their support for law enforcement during police memorial week, which is May 11-16 each year, with blue ribbons and blue bulbs in memory of all officers killed in the line of duty. Also, to show support for firefighters the first week of October, with red ribbons and red bulbs to honor firefighters killed in the line of duty.
Morbitzer also encourages everyone to support the military during Memorial Day weekend and Veterans Day with green bulbs and ribbons.