First Responders Park
374 W. Main St.
Westerville, OH 43081.
Phone: Call the WVCB at 614-794-0401 for more information.
Westerville’s First Responders Park (FRP) was first dedicated in 2010 to honor the service and sacrifice of all first responders. The centerpiece to the park was a section of steel known as “C-40” from the north tower of the World Trade Center that fell during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Later, on Oct. 9, 2011, the City dedicated a privately funded sculpture, “The Crossing,” (created by Steve Geddes & Bob Moore) which honors a fallen Westerville firefighter, David Theisen. In 1998, David was killed while battling a fire in Crooksville, Ohio.
On Feb. 10, 2018, Westerville Division of Police officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were killed in the line of duty. As the community worked to cope with this tragic loss, plans to create a permanent police memorial were expedited.
Before the losses we suffered as a community, this project was considered for expansion. The City wanted to grow the space to be more functional and inclusive of all first responders.
The state of Ohio generously donated $500,000 to jumpstart the park renovation along with other individual donors. Landscape architecture firms POD Design and McGill Smith Punshon provided design services free of charge to honor Morelli and Joering.
Designs from memorials around the globe were used to inspire the park in form and function. The updated park now features a memorial wall for our fallen heroes, special markers for all first responders and more public space for reflection and events. All elements from the original park have been incorporated into the redesigned site.
The jagged and bent C40 steel can be seen from the street as well as all parts of the renovated park. C40 measures 18 feet tall, 4 feet wide, and weighs 2.3 tons. This piece was part of the federal investigation into the collapse of the towers. It once spanned the 98th-101st floors on the north face of WTC 1, which was struck by a 767 aircraft at 8:46am on September 11, 2001. It arrived in Westerville, August 2009. Read the Columbus Dispatch Article. It was displayed at Westerville Fire Station 111 on September 11, 2009. Watch the video.
It was installed at First Responders’ Park on August 31, 2010.
Watch the video by Firefighter/Paramedic Tom Ullom.
And Dedicated on September 2011, 2010.
Watch the video.
Governor John Kasich spoke at the 9/11 Observance in 2015.