And then he was killed.
Larry Case, at the time a fresh-from-the-academy rookie officer, routinely partnered with Frame between August and November 1978.
"On Nov. 8 or 9, I accompanied Wes on a bear-poaching investigation," Case said. "We didn't find the poachers, but Wes said he had received a littering complaint against a guy and suggested we drop by to arrest him.
"He wasn't home. Wes came back on the 10th, cited the guy and took him to the justice of the peace in Union. At the time, it was routine for officers to accompany people convicted of littering and have them clean up their mess. The guy apparently asked Wes to stop so he could get a coat. He came out of the house with a gun and killed Wes."
The killing stunned Trout Unlimited members, who had grown to know Frame and were fond of him. Members of several TU chapters pitched in and had a bronze plaque made to honor the fallen officer. They placed it on a small stone monument beside one of Rich Creek's best pools, where it remained until recently.
"After [the DNR] lost the lease to the stream, it became closed to the public and no one was able to see the monument," Case said. "I couldn't stand the thought of it sitting there with greenbrier growing over it, not being seen by anyone."
Case wanted to move the plaque to a more public place. The Monroe County Commission offered a space on the courthouse lawn. A granite marker laser-etched with Frame's likeness now holds the original plaque.
Case called Saturday's ceremony "a celebration of Wes's service and his dedication to law enforcement."
"For Wes, being an officer was a lifestyle choice," Case said. "He always considered himself on duty."