Police Officer Nathan Michael Desjardins

Police Officer Nathan Michael Desjardins

Fryeburg Police Department, Maine

End of Watch Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Nathan Michael Desjardins

Police Officer Nathan Desjardins succumbed to injuries sustained on May 27th, 2017, in a boating accident on the Saco River.

He was participating in his first day of water rescue training when he and his training officer were dispatched to assist with the rescue of three boaters who had been thrown overboard when their canoes capsized. One of the missing boaters drowned during the incident.

Officer Desjardins' patrol boat struck a submerged object in the water as it came around a bend in the river. Both officers were thrown overboard and Officer Desjardins suffered a severe head injury.

Both officers were flown to Central Maine Medical Center where Officer Desjardins remained in a coma until succumbing to his injuries on June 6th, 2017.

Officer Desjardins served as a part-time officer with the Fryeburg Police Department for three months and was a full time student at the University of New England. He is survived by his parents and brother.

Bio

  • Age 20
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Boating accident
  • Incident Date Saturday, May 27, 2017

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Nathan died so tragically young in the line of duty.

To the Desjardins family, fellow officers, and all who call Nathan beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Officer Desjardins gave to his community and the citizens of Maine and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on June 6th, 2017.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

September 3, 2018

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