Chaplains Ministering in Westerville, OH, After Fatal Police Officer Shootings

By   •   February 11, 2018

Authorities on scene of fatal police officer shooting
Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli were shot and killed responding to a 911 call in Westerville, Ohio, on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) has deployed to the community of Westerville, Ohio, located 15 miles northeast of Columbus, after two police officers were fatally shot on Saturday morning.

The officers were ambushed when they arrived at the address of a 911 call. Officer Eric Joering, 39, died at the scene, while Officer Anthony Morelli, 54, died while in surgery at the Ohio State University Medical Center.

“An initial team of eight chaplains has been invited to provide spiritual and emotional care to the law enforcement community and the community-at-large during the days ahead,” said Josh Holland, assistant director for RRT.

The RRT has deployed to a number of incidents over the past several years to help minister to the law enforcement community, and has most recently responded to the fatal shooting of Officer David Sherrard in Richardson, Texas and to the fatal shooting of York County Sheriff’s Detective Michael Doty in York, South Carolina.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Officer Anthony Morelli and Officer Eric Joering who were killed in the line of duty earlier today just outside of Columbus, Ohio,” Franklin Graham shared on his Facebook page. “Also pray for the entire Westerville Police Department during this difficult time.

“This has been a tragic couple of days for our law enforcement community as an officer was also killed in Georgia and two deputies injured. Pray for these heartbroken families, that they would have God’s comfort and healing.

“The Bible tells us, ‘The Lord is near to the brokenhearted’ (Psalm 34:18).”

Please pray for the community of Westerville, Ohio.

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  1. Lisa Rubinow says:

    So blessed to see your Rapid Response Team responding to help our officers, the families and our residents. It is so important for everyone to know that God is with us all through this very tragic event. Thank you so much for being here!

  2. Beth Lower says:

    Praise God for BGEA! Thank you for deploying to Westerville, Ohio! God bless you all!

  3. Ruth Banner says:

    Thank you for helping our police family through this terrible tragedy. God bless all of you.

  4. marilyn mcclintock says:

    My heart goes out to all these families. I am praying for them, and all officers/families everywhere. May the Lord use the anxiety they experience to draw them all closer to Jesus, and be saved, comforted and strengthened in Him.

  5. Sharon Faulkner says:

    This is the kind of dark world we are entering. Church wake up! Pray, vote and stand strong with those who are fighting for faith, freedom and right. God be with us all.

  6. Linda skaggs says:

    God Almighty, we cry out for these families, and we know you are powerful to carry all involved through this heart broken situation. Lives have been shaken to the core of survival.

  7. Daniel Will says:

    I pray for the grace of God to be on the bereaved families and the community as well. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

  8. Richard says:

    My condolences.

  9. Frances terranova says:

    May the Lord wrap his around this town of Westerville, Ohio, and bless all the loved ones.