Fallen Fryeburg Officer Honored By Bridge Dedication

by Christian Mower on October 29, 2018

Fryeburg Police Officers and Chief Potvin stand by the sign memorializing Officer Nathan Desjardins. ~ Photo courtesy of Fryeburg Police Facebook page.

FRYEBURG, ME – A Fryeburg Officer killed in the line of duty was honored yesterday in a bridge dedication ceremony. At 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon in front of a crowd of around 50 people the Canal Bridge in Fryeburg was renamed the Nathan Desjardins Memorial Bridge.

Officer Desjardins was killed in 2017 when he was thrown from a boat while searching for a woman who went missing on the Saco River.

Officer Nathan Desjardins lost his life while searching for a woman who went missing on the Saco River in 2017 ~ Photo courtesy of Fryeburg Police.

Desjardins was only 20-year-old, making him the youngest person to ever join the Fryeburg Police force.

Desjardin’s mother threw a memorial wreath of off the bridge during the dedication ceremony. ~ Courtesy Photo.

During the ceremony Desjardins mother threw a wreath off of the bridge into the Saco to memorialize her son. In attendance was State Representative Nathan Wadsworth, Sen. James Hamper several town officials as well as the Fryeburg Police.

Fryeburg Police Chief Joshua Potvin speaks during the bridge dedication ceremony. ~ Photo courtesy of Fryeburg Police Facebook page.

The idea to rename the state-owned Canal Bridge on Route 5 in Fryeburg was spearheaded by Police Chief Joshua Potvin and state Rep. Wadsworth, who sponsored legislation with state Sen. James Hamper.