The sad news of the passing of rookie Fryeburg Police Officer Nathan Desjardnis has shaken residents and police departments all across Maine. On his first day of training, Desjardnis was severely injured in a boat accident while on a search and rescue mission. He passed away from those injuries on June 7.

Fryeburg Police Chief Joshua Potvin released a statement yesterday.

It is with great sadness and heavy heart that the members of the Fryeburg Police Department extend its prayers and deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Nathan M. Desjardins who passed away on June 6th, 2017 at the age of 20 at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Nathan was on duty, serving the citizens of Fryeburg, doing his job and responding to a public call for help.

In the course of a police officer’s responsibilities, they expose themselves to very real risks and dangers every day. Members of the Fryeburg Police Department are deeply saddened by the tragic death of our colleague. We offer our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the family, fellow colleagues and friends of Nathan.

Police departments all across Maine took a moment to honor their comrade on their Facebook pages. So many departments shared the condolences and honored the young man who was just getting started in his new career just as they would a seasoned veteran of the force.

Here are just a few of the many departments who paid tribute.


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