Troops and Troopers enjoy fishing trip together in Clayton

 

NYC Troopers fishing

 

It's a busy late summer day on the Saint Lawrence River, and it's all to thank veterans and Fort Drum soldiers.  Bob Cooke, North Country Troopers Assisting Troops said, "New Jersey State Police has an event like this.  Some of our guys went there and said we would like to put something like that on here in a local sense with Fort Drum."  North Country Troopers Assisting Troops hosted its fourth annual fishing event in Clayton Sunday to thank more than 80 active military members and veterans.  The troops went out in boats with law enforcement and other sponsors to enjoy a day catching fish like walleye or pike.  There were also 28 professional fishing guides from Cape Vincent, Alexandria Bay and Clayton, helping troops and troopers catch as much as they can.  "We did better than last year," veteran Ryan Rhoades said.  "I think all of us pretty much caught two or three fish a piece, so it's a pretty good turnout today."  10th Mountain Division soldier Isaac Rightnowar said, "We started out with a three and a half pounds mallmouth and we got that one in.  These guys really took place in helping out and making sure that fish was in the live well."   The fishing trip ended with a boat procession, led by the Coast Guard and a Clayton fireboat.  Once they arrived back, they were greeted by civilians and state police officers, thanking them for their service.  The troops said it means a lot.  "The community coming out to thank us, we appreciate them," SFC Oswaldo Maldonado, 10th Mountain Division said.  "We appreciate the New York state troopers. " Showing support with a calm summer day on the seaway.

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