WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Wood-Ridge Police Department’s Lieutenant Jerry Onnembo was celebrated by his fellow officers, Mayor and Council members, and residents at his official Walk Out on his final day of service on Wednesday, February 26.

Onnembo’s 28-year law enforcement career began March 1992 as a Bergen County Sheriff's officer, where he held numerous titles and responsibilities. In January 2006, his law enforcement career continued when he began as a Wood-Ridge Police Officer. During that time, Onnembo held the rank of Sergeant and finally Lieutenant. Throughout his career in Wood-Ridge, he served as a Training Officer and former PBA President of Local #313. 

Onnembo was awarded the Officer of the Year in 2011, three lifesaving awards, two Unit citations and one Certificate of Commendation, according to Wood-Ridge Police Chief John Korin. In addition, he was a member of the Italian American Society, holding the title of Vice President for over 15 years. He was held the lead role of Coordinator of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, Christmas toy drives, and Special Olympics fundraising. 

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Onnembo follows in his father's footsteps as he retired a Lieutenant from the Lyndhurst Police Department. Currently, his brother, Jim, is with the Port Authority Police and sister Gina, Dallas Township P.A. Officer. 

According to Korin, Onnembo's proudest accomplishments of his life are his family wife Emma, daughter Gigi, and son Anthony.

“You served the residents of Wood-Ridge with dignity and honor,” said Korin. “On behalf of the Wood-Ridge Police Department, Bergen County Sheriff's Department and all fellow Law Enforcement congratulations on your career and enjoy your retirement with your family. You will be missed by all who have had the pleasure of working beside you, it has been an honor."


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