Steve Tanelli

Steve Tanelli

Bergen County Veteran of the Week: Frederick M. Hayo Jr.

Frederick M. Hayo, Jr. proudly served in the United States Navy from 1970 to 1974 as an air traffic controller on board the USS Constellation. Frederick was responsible for safely and effectively directing aircraft from airfields and flight decks. 

After completing his enlistment with the U.S. Navy, Frederick returned home and acquired a job as an air traffic controller at Teterboro Airport. In 1981, he was laid off along with many other air traffic controllers across the country. Fred used this moment to start his own trucking company, National Electronic Transit. For the next 17 years, Fred provided delivery services into Lower Manhattan. After selling his business, Fred worked for Behke’s in Paramus as a truck  driver for over a decade before joining the Bergen County Division of Veteran Services in 2015.  

A community-minded individual, Frederick served as a councilman and volunteer firefighter in the Borough of Paramus, including as the Chief of the Paramus Fire Department in 1995. During his time as a council member, Fred chaired the Recreation Commission and was liaison to the Golf Commission. 

Since joining the Bergen County Division of Veteran Services, Fred has been instrumental in assisting with many of Bergen County’s key veteran events such as Military Appreciation Month, POW/MIA Recognition Day, and Operation Holiday Cheer.  

Perhaps, the largest project that Fred helped organize was the 2016 Vietnam Veteran Moving Wall. Fred led the initiative to bring the a 50% replica of the Vietnam Wall to Overpeck Park during the 2016 Military Appreciation Month Ceremony. As a Vietnam War veteran, Fred ensured that Bergen County honored the 58,000 service members throughout the United States who made the ultimate sacrifice. Fred is a vital member of the Bergen County Division of Veteran Services. He assists Bergen County veterans with many different issues, such as accessing the Department of Veteran Affairs health care, referrals to aid and attendance benefits, referrals to Veteran Service Officers, and help to aid any veteran that may be experiencing homelessness.  

Currently residing in Paramus, New Jersey, Fred is married to his beautiful wife of 39 years, Sharon Hayo, and has 3 children: 2 sons, Ryan and Casey, and 1 daughter, Kathryn, as well as 3 grandchildren. 

Thank you for your service, Fred!

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Freeholder Steve Tanelli

Freeholder Steve Tanelli

Steven A. Tanelli was elected to the Bergen County Board of Freeholders on November 6, 2012. He currently serves as the Chair Pro Tempore of the Freeholder Board.

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