MEET DAVID ELDRIDGE
David A. Eldridge grew up in Shelton, Connecticut and attended the public school system. David was an active member of the Shelton & Derby Boys and Girls Club and was named "Boy of the Year" in 1981. After graduating from Shelton High School he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and proudly served our country for five years achieving the rank of Sergeant. David was awarded the Combat Action Medal for his service in the Beirut and Grenada conflicts.
After completing his United States Marine Corp service, David went on for schooling at the Wentworth Institute of Technology for Airframe and Powerplant Operations and worked for Avco Lycoming until becoming a police officer for the City of Shelton in 1989. He served the local community in this role for 31 years and retired in July of 2020. During his 31 year law enforcement career, David was a Field Training Officer, a Crime Prevention Officer, served in the Valley Street Crime Unit, the Anti Gang Unit in Bridgeport and was an undercover officer for the Statewide Narcotics Division of the Connecticut State Police where he worked on complex cases involving narcotics trafficking. He is a qualified expert witness in the sale, manufacturing and distribution of narcotics. David received the "Life Saving Award" for jumping into the Housatonic River to save an individual that was thrown from the Shelton-Derby Bridge into the water. In 2019 he received the Connecticut Chief of Police "Officer of the Year Award" and in same year he was named the American Legion "Officer of the Year".
David is known for his outstanding work ethic and in addition to his law enforcement career, he has owned two small businesses, Anna's Place in Shelton from 1991-1995 and Taylor's Floral Arts in Westport which was sold in 1999. He has also worked a second full time job at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford for the past 13 years and continues to be employed there today.
Throughout his career he has served in elected and volunteer positions in the Shelton community. He was twice elected to the Shelton Board of Aldermen for Ward 2, He is a member of the Shelton Boys & Girls Club Alumni group, the American Legion Sutter Terlizi Post 16, and the Marine Corp League.
David has rolled up his sleeves through the years organizing and participating in neighborhood clean ups and other efforts dedicated to maintaining a good quality of life in Shelton.
David lives in the Pine Rock section of Shelton with his three daughters Emily, Megan and Giovanna and his Australian Shepherd, Lucy.