A Juneau-based Alaska Wildlife Trooper was recently awarded the Shikar-Safari Club International award as the 2011 Wildlife Officer of the Year for the state of Alaska.
Aaron Frenzel, 32, a 10-year-veteran trooper, received the award Wednesday in his office at the Southeast Alaska “A Detachment” headquarters in Juneau.
“His ability to multi-task and to do his every day job, as well as handle complex cases and investigations, was really exceptional,” Alaska Wildlife Trooper Lt. Steve Hall, the detachment’s commander said in a phone interview Saturday.
The annual award from the wildlife conservation-based group recognizes the extraordinary contributions, performance and achievement of wildlife law enforcement officers. The award is given to one officer in each of the 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces and territories of both nations.
Frenzel was nominated by officers in his detachment and approved by the Division of Alaska Wildlife Troopers Director in Anchorage. There are five Alaska Wildlife Trooper detachments — Southeast, Mat-Su, Northern, Western and Kenai-Prince William Sound — that cover the state of Alaska.
Anchorage-born Frenzel first began his career with Alaska Wildlife Troopers as a seasonal Fish and Wildlife aide in 1999 while he attended University of Alaska Fairbanks. He was hired full-time in 2001 and graduated from the Department of Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka in July of 2001. He went on to work out of Kodiak and moved to detachment headquarters in Juneau in 2006.
Frenzel has coordinated several complex investigations for the state of Alaska in the last year, including one against Michael Duby, a Juneau man who is alleged to have killed a bear by hunting in an area closed to hunting in Juneau, using bait without a permit and using light during the hunt, all violations of Alaska law. That case, which is still ongoing, involves allegations from other states, including Montana and Washington, as well as federal grand jury charges.
“I was honored to have this award, and I wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of the troopers I currently work with and have worked with in the past, and other agencies, and also, of course, the support of my wife and kids and family,” he said on Saturday.
Frenzel lives in Juneau with his wife of eight years and their two children.
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