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Friends and family remember fallen Fryeburg officer

More than 2,000 police officers, first responders, family and friends paid tribute to fallen officer Nate Desjardins Friday morning. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- More than 2,000 police officers, first responders, family and friends paid tribute to fallen officer Nate Desjardins Friday morning.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers and first responders from Maine and beyond paid tribute to fallen Fryeburg Police Officer Nate Desjardins. Officer Desjardins was only 20 when he died ten days ago.

Few 20-year-olds are as driven as he was. As the family brought his urn for Friday's tribute, many remembered Officer Desjardins' rare dedication. As a former part-time officer in Freeport, he also juggled a full load of classes at UNE and a job as an EMT.

Three weeks ago, Officer Desjardins and fellow Officer Dale Strout were trying to rescue a canoeist who had fallen into the Saco River. Game wardens say they were thrown from the police boat after it hit something near shore. His family says Desjardins suffered intensive head trauma. It was his first day of water rescue training.

The family wanted Friday's tribute at the Augusta Civic Center to be a private ceremony. Inside, Officer Desjardins’ father and brother spoke, along with the UNE president, Fryeburg police chief and the head of the Maine State Police.

Officer Desjardins died trying to save a life. His family says he wanted to make a difference in this world by contributing whatever, whenever and wherever he could.

CBS 13 sends condolences to the family and his fellow officers.

The family says even in death; their son gave of himself as an organ donor.

At 9 Saturday morning, funeral services will be held in Waterville, followed by a celebration of Nate’s life.

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