COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sunday marked one year since Westerville police officers, Anthony Morelli, and Eric Joering, were shot and killed responding to a domestic violence call. To honor their lives, a special service was held at Grace Chapel Community Church.
"One year ago, today, February 10, 2018, was one of the most traumatic times ever in my life," said Westerville Police Chaplain Jim Meacham.
Meacham planned the service Sunday to celebrate the fallen officers’ lives.
"I thought, I can't not do something. And so, I decided at my church here, we said let's do something here,” said Meacham.
The “Letting our blue lights shine,” service not only honored Morelli and Joering, but it also honored every fallen first responder. During the sermon, Meacham also thanked the community.
"Today isn't to be a funeral. Today we wanted to celebrate what this community and surrounding communities did for us, Westerville division of police. They stood up, and we saw blue lights everywhere," said Meacham.
The City of Westerville was planning a tribute for the fallen officers. However, they ended up just asking residents to display blue ribbons and blue lights.
"The families said and the officers we may have had too much and could we just not do that," said Meacham. "The city stepped up and said tie your blue ribbons turn on your blue lights and let's just remember that day in our own way."
Meacham said the tragic day does remind him that the community is still #WestervilleStrong.