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.


  • Age 20
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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I just want to say how sorry I am for the loss of Officer Desjardins. At this upcoming week, I have the honor to represent my agency at the Law Enforcement Memorial Service as a name reader for those lost their lives on duty this past year. In preparation of this I wanted to know more information on each of the names I am reading. Again - I am very sorry for your loss, to the family, to the community and to the department.

Lt. Gary Simacek
St. Croix County Sheriff's Office - Hudson, Wisconsin

May 11, 2018

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