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BRYAN COUNTY --  A Durant man was honored Tuesday at the capitol for his dedication to protect Oklahomans against criminals.

For nearly three decades, Brad Edwards was the consumer champion for KFOR, the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City.

Edwards exposed rip-offs and fraud while helping those in need. 

Brad's gone but his light of consumer advocacy shines on through those following in his footsteps.

This year's consumer champion is David Cathey, a fraud investigator for the Bryan County District Attorney's Office, who goes above and beyond working with law enforcement statewide to combat consumer fraud.

"To be remembered as part of Brad Edwards' legacy is very special," Cathey said. "I share a lot of his passions. I like to warn people and keep them from being a victim of a crime because that's so much easier than trying to solve it after the fact."

Brad's daughter, Ashton, says Cathey embodies the true spirit of her father's award.   

"He works tirelessly to warn consumers, especially the elderly about everything from credit card skimming to sweepstakes scams and roofing crooks and my father did a lot of the same things," Ashton said.