WESTERVILLE, Ohio – An Ohio university offered full-ride scholarships to the children of a police officer killed while on duty.
Otterbein University announced four-year, full-ride scholarships for Officer Eric Joering’s four daughters. Joering (pictured left) was a Westerville police officer who was killed, along with his partner Anthony Morelli (pictured right), while responding to a 911 domestic violence call.
At a time when their life has fallen apart, the school is offering a ray of sunshine. Otterbein University hopes the full tuition scholarships will help provide long-term security and support for the slain officer’s children.
“Tuition support for the Joering children was a spontaneous and unanimous decision identified by Otterbein’s senior leadership,” Otterbein University President Kathy Krendl told Fox News. “Our entire Westerville community is rallying to extend love and kindness in the midst of this tragedy. Ensuring access to an education is the most meaningful gift Otterbein can provide.”
Moreover, the city has also demonstrated a classy move with a sense of compassion to be applauded. Westerville City Council members voted to retire the officer’s K-9 partner, Sam, so he can live with the Joering family.
“True American heroes,” is how Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer referred to them.
“These were two of the best we have,” Morbitzer added. “This was their calling.”
Ohio Gov. John Kasich and many others offered their prayers and support for the officers’ families.
Furthermore, Kasich tweeted that he was “very saddened to learn of the deaths of two of my hometown police officers.” He asked Ohio residents to join him in “lifting up these officers’ families in prayer.”
And the ever-present LEO supporter President Trump also offered his encouragement.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the two police officers, their families, and everybody at the @WestervillePD,” Trump tweeted.
Investigators indicate that Quentin Smith, 30, who has been charged with aggravated murder in the killings, was wounded when he exchanged gunfire with police. He is being held without bail.
Kasich plans to give his last State of the State address March 6 at Otterbein University, a liberal arts college in downtown Westerville.