CENTERBURG — The small, close-knit community of Centerburg is home to many police officers, and Westerville Police Officer Eric Joering was one among them.
Monday night at a prayer vigil held at the Central Ohio Joint Fire District station, the community and fellow officers mourned and reflected on Joering’s life. Joering was one of two officers killed responding to a domestic disturbance in Westerville Saturday.
Joering leaves behind a wife, Jamie, and four daughters. Three of the girls attend Centerburg schools. The family has resided in Milford Township for years.
Westerville Police officers escorted Jamie and their daughters into the station, then formed a protective semi-circle around them. One of the girls led in her father’s K-9, Sam. After some words by COJFD Chaplain Phil Lohmeyer, a line formed around as friends gave the family hugs and offered condolences.
Lohmeyer described the vigil as “Centerburg comfortable” and encouraged everyone to stay a while, share fellowship and pray.
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