FISHING WITH TROOPSSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — After a streak of hot days, summer released its grip just in time for a special trip on the McKenzie River.

OMT Mortgage and Keller Williams Realty in Eugene teamed up to provide a day of fun and relaxation for some local troops.

When they called the Springfield Armory, they found many of the soldiers are overseas, but 10 were able to make it for a day of free fishing.

Many of these servicemen have been deployed several times. They’ve been through a lot, and to know that people care, is touching.

“An event like this just shows some of these guys how much the community supports us. It’s great to come out here, hang out with your buddies just like back when I was in, just have a good time,” said Shay Miles, 2-162 Infantry Battalion.

“It’s been awesome. It’s a good day, not too warm, slightly overcast, good for fishing, everyone’s been great, taking care of us,” said Sgt. Jeremy Heisler, 2-162 Infantry Battalion.

At the end of the long day, organizers are hosting a picnic dinner for the soldiers and their families.