• Joshua Morrison/News Before the start of the vigil, children were able to pet Bruce, the fire station cat at COJFD.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Jasmyn Larimore holds a sign she made for fallen Westerville Police officer Eric Joering. A vigil was held on Monday night at the Central Ohio Joint Fire District.


CENTERBURG — Tragedy has fallen close to home, with the unimaginable deaths of Westerville police officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli over the weekend. Joering was a Centerburg resident and left behind a wife and four daughters.

Centerburg Local Schools Superintendent Mike Hebenthal told the News that Joering had three daughters attending Centerburg schools, and a daughter who graduated from Centerburg in 2016.

Both officers maintained a good relationship with Centerburg schools, as they both had spoken at many health classes in the district, Hebenthal said.

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