Williston man becomes third generation highway patrolman

WILLISTON, ND (KUMV) – The North Dakota Highway Patrol welcomed several new troopers this year, including a Williston man looking to follow in his family’s footsteps.

Brady Aberle is back home in Williston and is now patrolling the streets as a member of the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Aberle family(Photo by Brady Eberle)

“I want to give back in the best way I can right now. I feel like it’s serving my community as much as I can,” Aberle said.

He graduated from the military academy in February and was assigned to duty in northwestern North Dakota.

“When I heard that I will return here, I was happy. I knew the area well, so it was good news,” Aberle said.

For Aberle, law enforcement is in his blood. He is a third generation soldier, joining his father Darcy and grandfather Wayne.

“They’ve been supportive since I told them I wanted to do it. I think they are happy with my decision. They knew it was something I wanted to do, and they wanted to make sure I wasn’t doing it just to make somebody else happy,” Brady said.

Brady has only been on the streets for a few months and said every day is a new adventure.

“We can deal with traffic, accidents, drug violations all day, it’s different. “I’ve never had a day like that,” Brady said.

Brady said he’s not sure if he’ll stay in Williston for the rest of his career or try and be closer to his family in Bismarck. Either way, he intends to do his best, just like his grandfather and father before him.

Aberle’s mother is also involved in law enforcement as a grant coordinator for various state agencies.

Brady said the Highway Patrol is always looking for more troopers and encourages anyone to apply.

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