LONDON, OH (WCMH) — The Ohio Peace Officers Memorial held in London on Thursday honored the lives of two local officers who died last year: Police Chief Steven ‘Eric’ DiSario of Kirkerville and Patrolman Marvin ‘Scott’ Moyer of Lancaster.
The memorial held in London, Ohio did not include the two Westerville police officers killed earlier this year. They will be memorialized at the 2019 event.
DiSario, Moyer, and two other Ohio officers had their names etched in the Ohio Fallen Officers Memorial wall.
Moyer’s widow Connie said, “it is an honor and everlasting.”
As several Pipe and Drums law enforcement groups stood by playing Amazing Grace, American flags were placed in the fallen officers’ names and another was ceremonially folded.
Families of the fallen officers sat in the front rows watching as honor after honor was bestowed on their families for their loss, and a 21-gun salute rang out.
Chief Disario was gunned down in May of 2017 during a domestic dispute.
Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth said he was DiSario’s DARE Officer when he was a teenager.
“He chose the profession, but he did not chose to die this way. I think we all realize the risk every peace officer in the United States is taking, we are seeing it all cross the country,” Sheriff Stanforth said.
Lancaster Police Patrolman Moyer died after a nearly 20 yr battle with hepatitis C he contracted from a suspect after he received a cut when the suspect refused to get out of a vehicle.
“Our guys need to understand that we need to live the day with no regrets so if something does happens at the end of the day everything is well with your soul and heart,” said his widow Connie Moyer.
She said officers were there when they needed them, especially toward the end.
“He looked at me and said ‘go ahead and call the department and let them know,’ and I did. And we had officers that would come out three times a day. It has really been an honor that they backed me up,” Moyer said.
This is the second year K9 officers were also added to the memorial wall.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine spoke at the memorial and said this was his eighth and last time to attend the event he heads up on the grounds of the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy.