Fryeburg, ME - Fryeburg Police Officer Nathan Desjardins has died from injuries that he received in a May 27, 2017 boating crash while searching for a missing canoeist.
Officer Nathan Desjardins, 20, and Fryeburg Police Officer Dale Stout were in a police boat on Memorial Day weekend attempting to locate Jennifer Bosquet, age 38, whose canoe had capsized. During the search, the officers' boat hit an object in the Saco River while coming around a corner.
Both Officer Desjardins and Officer Stout were ejected. The officers sustained serious injuries and were airlifted to Central Maine Medical Center, according to WSCH6. Officer Stout was released from the hospital last week while Officer Desjardins remained in critical condition with a severe head injury.
Officer Desjardins succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, according to The Bangor Daily News. He had been on the job three months, and May 27 was his first day of training. Fryeburg Police Chief Joshua Potvin said, "In the course of a police officer’s responsibilities, they expose themselves to very real risks and dangers every day."
He added, “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.”
"During this extremely difficult time of mourning the loss of one of my own, I have to find the words and strength to inspire my officers, to motivate them and reassure them that together we will be okay and still have a job to do. On behalf of your fellow brothers and sisters at Fryeburg Police; rest in peace buddy, we’ll take it from here."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Fryeburg Police Officer Nathan Desjardins, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
Officer Desjardins, your life mattered.