PARAMUS, N.J. — Officers Forrest Diedolf and Nicholas Tanelli were sworn into the Paramus Police Department earlier this week.
Diedolf is a life-long resident of Paramus. His family has a history of community service in the borough, as his grandfather was a chief with the Paramus Volunteer Fire Department and his father is currently the battalion chief of the fire department.
Diedolf graduated Paramus High School and earned an Associate’s Degree from Bergen Community College, and subsequently a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from William Paterson University.
In July of 2013, he was hired by the Paramus Police Department as a dispatcher, where he answered calls for 13 municipalities. Diedolf handled a 911 call for an unresponsive 5-month-old child who was not breathing.
Diedolf dispatched emergency responders and gave medical instructions to the caller to perform on the victim until first responders arrived on scene. The child survived due in part to Diedolf's actions.
Police Officer Nicholas Tanelli graduated from North Arlington High School in 2009. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Montclair State University and completed the Morris County Academy - Alternate Route Program in December 2015.
Tanelli has long worked for North Arlington, first as a camp counselor and later in the Youth Center, where he supervised 6th, 7th and 8th graders after school.
He has been involved in numerous outreach programs for the last seven years in his home community. In June of 2015, Nicholas was hired by the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, and received outstanding reviews from Hudson County during his time there as an officer.