Law enforcement to pay tribute to Maine's fallen officers

Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Law enforcement officers from across the state will gather in Augusta Thursday to pay tribute to Maine’s fallen officers.

They'll be adding Nathan Desjardins name to the memorial this year.

His name will be the 85th name etched onto the memorial, the 85th officer to die in the line of duty in Maine.

Desjardins of the Fryeburg Police Department died just days before his 21st birthday last year while attempting a water rescue on the Saco River.

His name will be on the memorial alongside more than 80 other officers in Maine who have died in the line of duty.

The Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial is a permanent memorial on State Street in Augusta next to the State House.

Officers from across the state will gather around it Thursday for the annual observance.

Governor Paul LePage will also be there as the guest speaker.

The ceremony will start at 11 a.m.

Somerset County Sheriff’s Corporal Eugene Cole, who was shot and killed last month in Norridgewock, will be added next year.

He will be the 86th name on the memorial.

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