Lifelong friend of Officer Eric Joering: 'He was a true blue hero'

Lifelong friends and students gathered at Otterbein University to honor fallen Westerville Police Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli at a vigil. (Courtesy: Westerville Police)

Lifelong friends and students gathered at Otterbein University to honor fallen Westerville Police Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli at a vigil.

"It's just too much for his family, for his friends, his daughters," said lifelong friend of Officer Joering Jaimie Fugate, "he will never get to walk them down the aisle, he will never get to see three of them graduate high school and for what?"

Fugate told ABC6/FOX28 that she met Joering in the first grade.

"Just being around him lifted your spirits," she said.

She said their friendship spend more than 30 years.

"He was energetic, he was a respectful, he was inspirational and he was courageous and that spells Eric from the day we met until the day he died," said Fugate.

ABC6/FOX28 spoke to Jaimie before the candlelight vigil at Otterbein, organized by students to honor both men.

"Tony had thirty years on it and he knew what community policing was all about, he did it the right way," said Otterbein's police chief to the crowd.

Moving forward, Fugate said she will keep in mind what she believes Eric would have wanted.

"Do something good with your life, help other people that is all he wanted to do help people," she said.

At the end of the vigil, students signed the rock on campus to say thank you to officers and make a promise to do good in the community.

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