Mike Tedesco was born in Hoboken, NJ and grew up in Cliffside Park, NJ. He worked in a family-owned restaurant before he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966. Subsequently, Mike was deployed to Vietnam on the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from 1967 to 1968. While in the military he worked as a communications specialist, serving as a radio operator for the battalion communications as well as radio operator for ambush patrols and reactionary force which is similar to the fire service's Rapid Intervention Company/Crew (RIC).
After returning home from Vietnam, Mike rejoined his brother in running the family business. In 1996, the business was sold and Mike went into building management. He attended the Bergen County Technical School and acquired his Black Seal Boiler Operator's license and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's refrigeration certifications. He was then hired and worked for several major facilities including private estates, retirement communities, nursing homes, and an automobile dealership as the director of facilities.
Mike joined the Rockleigh, NJ Fire Department in 2003. He attended the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute where he completed a number of fire service courses. Mike's ongoing fire service educations led him to become a NJ Division of Fire Safety and International Code Council certified Fire Inspector and Fire Official.