FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- Fair Lawn Police Chief Glen Cauwels swore in two new officers and issued service awards during a Borough Hall ceremony Tuesday night.
Officer Justin DiGuglielmo, 28, was graduated from Fair Lawn High School in 2006 and Montclair State University, with a degree in psychology, 2012.
He previously served as a Class 1 Special Officer in Hackensack from 2010-2013), a Class 2 Special Officer in Hoboken from 2013-2015 and a police officer with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Police in Newark over the past year.
He was assigned to a field training officer in the patrol division.
Thomas Spear, 27, a 2007 Fair Lawn High School graduate, comes from the borough DPW, with which he began working in 2011.
He's also a member of and ex-captain with Fair Lawn Heavy Rescue and was a borough auxiliary polce lieutenant before his appointment. Spear is currently traning at the Passaic County Police Academy in Wayne.
Cauwells also presented service awards Tuesday night to officers for their work the past 2 years.
Officer Brian Rypkema received an honorable service medal for stopping the car of three burglars following break-ins in town and Saddle Brook on May 22, 2014.
Officer Stephen Buskiewicz received a life-saving medal and Officers Michael Franco and Sgt. Kenneth Cavanagh got citations for their helping revive the wife of Officer Robert Manning, Jackie, at their home on April 10, 2015 (She attended the ceremony).
Officer Nicholas Snyder received an honorable service medal and Detective Anthony Lugo a citation for chasing down a suspect following a burglary at an Elmwood Park business.
Officer Juan Rodriguez received a life-saving medal and Officers John Rovetto, Edward Egan and Luis Vasquez got citations for saving a second-floor house fire resident last November by propping a wooden bed frame against the house and using it as a ladder.
Cauwels also noted that his department achieved re-accreditation through the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, thanks to the work of Lt. Brian LaRosa.
Accreditation requires agencies to comply with best practice standards in five basic areas: administrative, personnel, operations, investigative and arrestee/detainee.
Fair Lawn police were first accredited in 2013.
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