Sadly, we start off this week with the news that an officer has lost his life after suffering a severe head injury in a boating crash. Officer Nathan Desjardins, 20, had only been on the Fryeburg Police Department’s force for three months when he and another officer were thrown from a boat during a water rescue training exercise on the Saco River this past Memorial Day weekend. Chief Joshua Potvin said it was Desjardins’ first day of water rescue training.
Officer Desjardins passed last Tuesday at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine.
“In the course of a police officer’s responsibilities, they expose themselves to very real risks and dangers every day,” Chief Potvin said in a statement. “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.”
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