The Damariscotta Police Department welcomed a new reserve officer to its ranks earlier this month.
David Bellows, 31, of Waldoboro, started working for the department Monday, Aug. 14. This is his first job in law enforcement, a career path he has been interested in almost all his life, he said.
Bellows graduated from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science. For the past eight years, he has worked at Penobscot Island Air in Owl’s Head as a pilot and mechanic.
“My two biggest passions in life are aviation and law enforcement,” Bellows said.
Bellows is currently in the third phase of the Law Enforcement Pre-service Training Program, during which he has to complete 80 hours of work with a supervisor. Since joining the Damariscotta Police Department, he has worked with both Chief Jason Warlick and Sgt. Erick Halpin.
“A lot of my time has been spent with them, responding to calls and running different scenarios,” Bellows said. “They’re good people to work for. They’re both very direct and provide good guidance.”
Bellows will be introduced to the Damariscotta Board of Selectmen during a meeting in September, Warlick said.
Bellows “has done an amazing job for the department so far,” Warlick said. “He learns and retains information at a surprising rate, and we’re glad to have him serving Damariscotta.”
Bellows has two daughters, ages 4 and 1.