Proposed changes to First Responders ...

Proposed changes to First Responders Park in Westerville elicit emotional responses

For many Westerville residents, the question is less about whether the city should build a memorial to two slain police officers, but how and where it should be done. The city's current plan calls for a sweeping, $1 million redesign of First Responders Park at 374 W. Main St. As part of an overhaul that would more than double the 8-year-old park's size, a memorial waterfall would be built to honor Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering, the two officers who were shot to death while responding to a domestic violence call Feb. 10. Their names would be placed next to that of David Theisen, a Westerville firefighter who died in a 1998 fire in Crooksville in Perry County.

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