Cabot Sponsors Winning Anglers at Patriots Cove

Seven teams of three anglers each cast their lines into Beaver Run near Noxen in Wyoming County on May 29 to kick-off the second annual Fish for the Fallen tournament at Patriots Cove. The men and women were paired with skilled trout fishing guides and mentors and tried their luck along seven designated stretches of the stream into the afternoon. 

Fish for the fallen at Patriots Cove
Chad Johnson of Williams Companies helps Air Force veteran Brad Lutz of Nescopeck pull a trout out of Beaver Run, as Brad’s father Keith looks on. Their team was sponsored by Meshoppen Stone, one of six corporate sponsors for the annual event, and took third place in the friendly competition. 

The team we sponsored took top honors at the end of the day, but participants and sponsors already know that this experience is much more than a competition. “They’ve put a lot of effort into getting disabled vets out here and give them something else to think about,” Richard Sands, a retired Navy Seabee said of the founders of Patriots Cove. 

The original 18 acres of forest and creek was purchased in 2017 by Jeff and Melissa Swire to be developed into a peaceful venue for veterans and first responders with physical and emotional scars to bond with nature and each other. Sands was fishing with Army veteran Dale Gow of Nicholson and Ken Bach, who also serves as a guide and mentor for Hunts for Healing. Their team was sponsored by Williams.

Each team fished in honor of a fallen first responder or member of the military. Photos and bios for the seven men and women were displayed in one of the common areas. Anglers wore a photo badge that also contained some facts about their designee. A team sponsored by Gas Field Specialists, for example, fished in honor of Chad Edmundson of Williamsburg, VA, a soldier killed by an IED in 2009. 

Honorees at Patriots Cove
A display of fallen military personnel and firefighters gave each participant in the Fish for the Fallen tournament a real life hero to learn about together, opening the door to personal conversations throughout the day and into the night. 

Edmundson’s story hit a little too close to home for team member Gene Thomas, a disabled Marine Corps veteran. But part of the mission of Patriots Cove is to allow veterans to process feelings associated with PTSD in a serene setting among their comrades. 

“I can let go here. I can’t do that at home,” Army veteran Nico Gil of Bushkill, PA, related. “Jeff has never asked anything of us but to have a good time and be yourself.” 

As a regular visitor of the site, my enthusiasm about the efforts of staff and volunteers here only continues to grow. It’s a great place where veterans can go to safely have fun and heal, and Cabot is proud to sponsor and support the event again this year.

Bill desRosiers

Raised in Highland Falls, New York, William desRosiers learned about responsible resource development, firsthand, as a part of his family's mining business. William received his B.S. in Management, History and MBA from Misericordia University. He currently serves in External Affairs for Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. His primary responsibilities include strengthening media relationships, managing company-run fundraising programs, building better community relations and representing Cabot every chance he has.