Westerville will hold a dedication for the newly expanded First Responders Park, 374 W. Main St., at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.

Christa Dickey, spokesperson for the city, said the event would last about a half-hour and members of the public would receive a commemorative item for attending.

She said other details, such as the speakers, have yet to be determined.

"We have not finalized that yet," she said.

The park was first dedicated in 2010 to honor the service and sacrifice of all first responders, according to the city's website. Its centerpiece 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. On Oct. 9, 2011, the city dedicated a privately funded sculpture, "The Crossing," which honors a fallen Westerville firefighter, David Theisen. Theisen died in 1998 while battling a fire in Crooksville, Ohio.

The city considered expansion of the park because its size could not accommodate large community gatherings and noise from the street disrupted events, according to the website. Plans for expansion were finalized after Westerville Division of Police officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were killed in the line of duty Feb. 10, 2018.

Landscape architecture firms POD Design and McGill Smith Punshon provided design services free of charge to honor Morelli and Joering, according to the website. The project also received support in the form of a $500,000 donation from the state of Ohio.

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