A message from the FOP Lodge 9 Help Fund Go Fund Me page:
Update: In five hours we've nearly reached our original goal of $50,000. We cannot possibly thank everyone enough for their generosity. We've increased the goal to $100,000. We so appreciate your willingness to help these families!
Central Ohio tragically lost two officers, both from Westerville, in the line of duty today. They were Officer Eric Joering who was a 17-year-veteran, and Anthony Morelli, a 30-year veteran.
Westerville Police Chief Joseph Morbitzer said, "“These were two of the best we had, this was their calling and they did it right, they knew how to do policing the right way, both of them.”
Knowing that the families of the fallen will need our help and support in coming weeks and wanting those who wish to offer their support a legitimate outlet, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9 has created this page.
I'm Matt Dole, a communications coordinator with FOP Lodge #9 in Columbus, Ohio(that's why you see my name when you make a donation). I'm working with the President of FOP Lodge #9 Jason Pappas on this project. Officers from Westerville are members of FOP Lodge #9. These fallen heroes are our brothers.
Your secure donation will go to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9 and will be provided to the families in the following ways:
1. Unpaid medical bills
2. Funeral expenses
3. Housing for out of town relatives for the funeral
4. Educational resources for children
Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and support during this difficult time.