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Sgt. Stephen Zenes

Prior to serving with the Mount Olive Police, Zenes served for ten years with the U.S. Navy and two years in the NJ National Guard. In 1968, while fighting in Viet Nam, Zenes was wounded by a rocket attack which required him to be airlifted out. During his military career he received numerous medals including a Purple Heart and Combat Action Ribbon.

Zenes' police career started with the Sussex Boro Police Dept. where he served for two years. While there he received a Department Commendation for breaking up a gang that was planning to shoot State Police officers. In 1979 Zenes was hired by the Mount Olive Police, where throughout his 20-year career he received numerous
departmental awards including an Educational Achievement Award, Military Service Citation and an Program Development Award (for implementing a state-wide rule requiring the confiscation of firearms I.D. cards in domestic violence cases).

Zenes retired in 1999 after 20 years of dedicated service with the department. He is currently living in Winter Haven Florida with his wife of 41 years, Nancy. Currently Zenes volunteers for the Polk County Citizens on Patrol program under the direction of Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. He has an AS degree in Criminal Justice and an AS degree in Public Administration from County College of Morris, as well as a BS degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida. His oldest son is a police officer with Randolph Twp. NJ and he has two other sons residing in North Carolina.


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