Funeral arrangements announced for fallen Westerville police officers

Posted at 4:26 PM, Feb 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-13 16:26:08-05

A funeral service will be held Friday for the two Westerville police officers who were shot and killed in the line of duty over the weekend.

A public visitation will precede the funeral for Officer Anthony Morelli and Officer Eric Joering at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church. Funeral services will follow at 12:30 p.m.

Officer Morelli, who is from Massillon, and Officer Joering were shot while responding to a 911 call. Police said it was not the first time officers were sent to the home. Police had gone to the home three times for domestic disputes since September 2017.

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Morelli's father, who still lives in Massillon, said his son was a well-respected patrol officer and resource officer in the high school.

One of Morelli's childhood friends, George Roknich, said the officer was "a great friend to many."

"Tony was a great guy, he was a great teammate, a great classmate, a great friend to many, he had this indestructible force, he’s never going to be defeated, you would be honored to have him as a friend," he said.