Cops 4 A Cause - Fishing For The Fallen
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - Saturday, April 23, family members of fallen law enforcement officers were treated to a day of fishing on Lake Ontario by “Cops 4 A Cause;” a local, nonprofit charity comprised of current and retired law enforcement from the Johnson City Police Department, Broome County Sheriff Office and other agencies from around the state.
This is the second year the “Fishing 4 The Fallen” event has taken place at Mexico Point in Oswego County.
The primary goal of Cops 4 A Cause is to improve the community-law enforcement relationship, all through positive interactions.
“This organization is assuring that active and retired members of law enforcement give back to the communities they serve”, said Fred Akshar, Senator, NYS Senate District 52.
Cops 4 A Cause President Scott Pauly told 12 News, “This event is near and dear to our hearts. It’s a special occasion when we get to honor one of our brothers that was lost. But it’s even better when we get to celebrate their lives and share that day with their family.”
This year’s main partner in the Fishing 4 The Fallen event was Dirty Goose Sportfishing, along with five other charter boats from the eastern end of Lake Ontario.
Dirty Goose owner and captain Casey Prisco told 12 News, “Its just great to give back to the families that have lost somebody that they’ve loved giving us our freedoms we have today, protecting us every day. To see the kids come out and enjoy catching the biggest fish of their life, or even just a fish, it’s unexplainable. I guess this is the best way to say it; It is just awesome.”
The event started with a short ceremony at the boat launch remembering fallen officers. It was capped off by a bag piper playing Amazing Grace.
This year’s fallen that were honored included Senior Investigator Cliff Alexander; Tioga County Sheriffs Department, Trooper Nicholas Clark; of the New York State Police, Detective William LaShomb; Syracuse Police and Detective Matthew Bomysoad; retired Broome County Sheriff.
The boats left port and began fishing shortly after 3 p.m. The charter captains did a great job and put the kids on a lot of brown trout and lake trout; 54 fish were caught in three hours between the charter boats.
Afterward, a free pasta and chicken buffet was held for all the participants.
The participants all had big smiles on their faces at the end of the event and said they had a great time being with friends and catching all the fish.
For more information on how you can participate in, or donate to, Cops 4 A Cause, call Scott Pauly at 607-427-7303, visit www.cops4acause.org, or search Cops 4 A Cause on Facebook.
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