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Kasich, caravan of local law enforcement attend fallen officers' funeral

Westerville Officer Eric Joering and Officer Anthony Morelli (Provided by the city of Westerville) Westerville Officer Eric Joering and Officer Anthony Morelli (Provided by the city of Westerville)
Some Cincinnati police officers are attending the Westerville officer's funerals Friday. They are wearing black bands of mourning across their Cincinnati police badges. (Photo: Cincinnati Police Officer Kyle Strunk Twitter account lionsfan_in_cincy) Some Cincinnati police officers are attending the Westerville officer's funerals Friday. They are wearing black bands of mourning across their Cincinnati police badges. (Photo: Cincinnati Police Officer Kyle Strunk Twitter account lionsfan_in_cincy)
Photo: Cincinnati police Twitter Photo: Cincinnati police Twitter
WESTERVILLE (FOX19 NOW) -

Gov. John Kasich, hundreds of law enforcement officers and other mourners honored two Ohio officers killed in the line of duty by attending their joint funeral service in suburban Columbus Friday.

Several local police officers left before dawn to make the drive north to Westerville, where a public viewing will be held 10 a.m. to noon for two of the city's police officers, Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli.

“In the days since their passing, we’ve heard stories of their incredible service to their community, their fellow officers and their families," said Sen. Sherrod Brown.

"We can never repay them or their loved ones for their service and sacrifice, but today we honor their memory and lift up the entire Westerville community and all those who knew them. The best way to honor them is by supporting all Ohio officers, and working to give law enforcement the resources they need to do their jobs.”

The joint visitation and funeral are both held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 313 N. State St., Westerville, according to the city's website.

The funeral begins at 1 p.m.

A procession through the city will follow. A map of the route is posted on the city's website.

The two veteran officers were shot after entering a residence about noon Saturday while responding to a 911 hang-up call.

The officers returned fire, wounding 30-year-old Quentin Smith, police officials have said.

Smith has been charged with aggravated murder and remains hospitalized.

Kasich issued a proclamation honoring the officers and ordering all U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff until they are laid to rest.

Some Cincinnati police officers are among those traveling to Westerville Friday morning for the service.

Cincinnati District 3 Police Officer Kyle Strunk tweeted a picture showing a black band of mourning across his badge.

In lieu of flowers, the families of Officer Morelli and Officer Joering request that donations be made to Ohio Concerns of Police Survivors, a non-profit organization that operates as a peer support network for survivors whose loved ones have died in the line of duty. 

For more information, contact Laura Richards, Trustee, at lerichards.ocops@gmail.com.

A GoFundMe page also is set up for the officer's families by the Fraternal Order of  Police Lodge # 9. As of Friday morning, $496,380 has been raised by 6,347 people in five days toward the $500,000 goal.

Cincinnati restaurateur Jeff Ruby is donating 100 percent of all purchases March 4 at each of his two Jeff Ruby's Steakhouses in Ohio, one in Columbus and one in Cincinnati, and ones in Louisville, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee.

Another public vigil for the officers will be held this weekend, on Sunday at 6 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 307 Huber Village Blvd.

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