Each year the American Legion has the opportunity to recognize those members of the community who stand out among their peers by placing service and dedication above self. Frude was nominated by Jason Hunter, Lander Region wildlife supervisor, for his “desire to volunteer above and beyond his normal duties in addition to serving as a positive role model to his peers and the public.” Hunter says “Brady is firm but fair in every instance and I consistently hear positive comments about his interactions with both the general public and violators. Of special note, Brady spends a considerable amount of extra time in the field and on the phone working with landowners and sportsmen.”
Frude is a native of Laramie and graduated from Casper College with associate degrees in biology and wildlife management in 2004 and 2005, respectively, followed by a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wyoming in 2006. He began his career in wildlife with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) as a wildlife technician working on a bighorn sheep project in Hell’s Canyon. Frude also worked for ODFW as a wildlife habitat technician, improving bighorn sheep and mule deer habitat along the Lower Deschutes River in north-central Oregon, and as a wildlife area technician, feeding wintering elk and black-tailed deer on the White River Wildlife Area.
Frude began his career with the Wyoming Game and Fish as a fisheries technician in the Casper region in 2009. He then attended the thirteen-week Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy and became certified as a Wyoming peace officer. His career as a game warden began in August 2010 and he was promoted to the West Rawlins district in November 2011.
In his award letter Kenneth Persson Sr., commander of American Legion Post 33, states “As a game warden in a remote and largely rural district, your dedication does not go unnoticed by those around you. Your efforts to improve your skills and knowledge are truly commendable. We of the American Legion understand service and sacrifice and appreciate what you do for our wildlife resources and the State of Wyoming.”
Outside of law enforcement, Frude is active in the Department’s recruitment programs, hunter education, and wildlife education. He lives in Rawlins with his wife, Candice and their three girls. He is an avid hunter and ice fisherman and can always be found accompanied by his dog, Penny.