These acts are examples of the hundreds that have been performed through the 10th of the Month Club. Most importantly, they are meant to honor Westerville’s fallen officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering.
The 10th of the Month Club was created as a way to keep our officers in the front of our minds, to keep them from being forgotten. It came to mind while I was trying to come to grips with this tragedy. I knew both officers, and although I didn’t know Eric very well, I last saw him on National Night Out when he and K9 Officer Sam were going out into the neighborhoods. I knew Tony for almost 20 years, having first met him when he came to Safety City where I was the Director, and later knowing him from the Citizens Police Academy, where he taught class.
We lost them both on the 10th of the month. Like everyone else in our community, I was struggling with this loss and trying to figure out a way to “move forward”.
The 10th of the Month Club was born as a way to honor these officers who made the world a better place. The only requirement is to do an act of kindness on the 10th.
If a person feels comfortable sharing it, posting it to our Facebook group allows others to see that no act is too big or too small, because it honors our officers’ sacrifice. Other prefer to keep their act anonymous. Their action is just as impactful.
Please join the group - it’s open to everyone. As of this writing, there are 757 members. I hope it keeps growing. And I will personally remind everyone on every 10th of the month that it is time once again to do an act of kindness. So we never forget.