Family, friends and colleagues gathered on the Braxton County Courthouse lawn, Veterans Day afternoon, to memorialize a native son who lost his life in the line of duty. Wesley C. Frame Jr. was killed November 10, 1978 while stationed in Monroe County. Officer Frame was shot and killed near Rich Creek in Peterstown while supervising a prisoner cleaning a stream.
The ceremony to dedicate a monument in memory of the fallen DNR Police Officer began with Sgt. Timothy White welcoming those in attendance. He gave a brief history of Officer Frame and his tragic death. Sgt. White welcomed several colleagues to the podium to speak about their experience with the local hero.
Retired Captain Larry Case spoke about Wesley Frame being his training officer and the lasting effect the experience had on his career.
Delegate Brent Boggs spoke on his experiences of knowing Wesley and the importance of him being remberered.
Colonel Bobby Cales, head of the DNR Police, spoke about the importance of Frame’s death to the State agency and how pleased he was to be a part of the memorialization. Col. Cale assisted by Cpt. Doug Benson and Lt. Colonel David Trader presented the Posthumous Medal of Valor, DNR’s highest award to Wesley Frame III in his father’s memory.
The programs concluded with the fallen officer’s granddaughters unveiling the monument which will serve as a lasting memorial to the Wesley C. Frame, Jr.