More than 1,000 people, including law enforcement and emergency services personnel, were in attendance at the Augusta Civic Center Friday to pay their respects to a Fryeburg police officer who died last month after his patrol boat crashed while responding to a search and rescue mission on the Saco River.

Nathan Desjardins, 20, of Albion, died June 6 at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Desjardins suffered serious injuries May 27 when his patrol boat crashed while responding to a report that a woman was missing after her canoe capsized on the river.

The woman was later confirmed dead and identified as Jennifer Bousquet, 38, of South Berwick. Her body was pulled from the river about 350 yards downstream from where game wardens believe she entered the water.

Desjardins, a 2014 graduate of Lawrence High School, was the 85th Maine law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty. He would have turned 21 on Tuesday, June 12.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday morning at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Pleasant Street in Waterville. It will be followed by a celebration of life at Notre Dame Catholic Church on Silver Street in Waterville.

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