|Birth: ||May 16, 1963|
|Death: ||Jul. 27, 2013|
Godfrey Brokenrope, 50, of Aurora, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Bryan LGH West in Lincoln from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Godfrey was born on May 16, 1963 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Survivors are: wife, Deb Brokenrope and their children, Zac Bokenrope of Boston, MA, Justis Broeknrope "JD" of Omaha and Kylie Brokenrope of Aurora; four sisters and his K-9 friends, Mato and Lilly.
Godfey is preceded in death by two sisters and his K-9 friends, Tuffy, Goobie, Holly and Smokey.
Godfrey graduated from Doniphan (NE.) High School. He entered the United States Army on June 10, 1981 and was honorably discharged on June 8, 1984. He served as a military police officer. On June 4, 1988 he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Debra Starman.
Godfrey began his Nebraska Law Enforcement career in 1989 with the Grand Island (NE.) Police Department. In 2000, he moved to Aurora and joined the Aurora Police Department. He became police chief in 2006. He recently graduated from FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. Godfrey was also a Sturgis Police Officer for the Sturgis rally for the past several years.
Godfrey has been active member of the Aurora community and has volunteered at the Aurora Youth Center and coached baseball and football. He was an avid motorcycle rider. He was very proud of his native culture and enjoyed sharing it with others. Godfrey also had a great love for animals. Most of all he was a proud husband and father.
Grand Island Independent July 28, 2013
Aurora Police Chief Dies following Motorcycle Accident.
Aurora Police Chief Godfrey Brokenrope has died following a crash on his motorcycle.
Family members report he passed away at a Lincoln hospital Saturday evening.
Brokenrope, an avid motorcycle rider, reportedly swerved to avoid backed up traffic on Thursday, and ended up in the median on I-80 near Seward.
Family members said a doctor and two nurses happened to be passing by, and quickly called for a helicopter to airlift him to the hospital. But Brokenrope suffered extensive head injuries and had been placed in a coma.
His children say Godfrey Brokenrope taught them to care about people, and they are now on the receiving end, with messages pouring in to the family.
"It really means a lot to us. We've got a lot of contact from people in the community, people my dad has known, friends and family. We really appreciate the prayers and thoughts as we go forward," Zac said.
Brokenrope began his police career in the U.S. Army and joined the Grand Island Police Department in 1989. He moved to Aurora in 2000, and was named chief in 2006.
Brokenrope recently graduated from the FBI National Academy. Only 270 officers from around the world were part of the intense 11-week program that included classroom instruction, physical training and more.
For his final project, he chronicled his own struggles.
"I've had to overcome a lot of obstacles and battles, personally and professionally, but they make me a stronger person," the chief told NTV in March.
Brokenrope and his wife, Deb, live in Aurora with their three children Zac, J.D. and Kylie.
NTV News By Steve White, Grand Island, Nebraska Bureau Chief
Aurora Police Chief Godfrey Brokenrope died Saturday night from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Thursday.
Brokenrope, 50, was flown to Bryan Medical Center West Campus' trauma center in Lincoln around 7 p.m. Thursday after his motorcycle crashed on Interstate 80 near Seward, according to Deb Collins, Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman.
After spending two days in critical condition, Brokenrope died Saturday at 6 p.m., hospital spokeswoman Lori Bruns said.
Brokenrope was eastbound on I-80 when he swerved to avoid traffic, which had slowed due to a crash being worked on by the Seward County Sheriff's Department, Collins said.
The chief's 2011 Indian motorcycle entered the median, where it rolled, she said.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash, which occurred around 5 p.m. Thursday. On Friday, Aurora Mayor Marlin Seeman said Brokenrope was off duty at the time of the accident.
"As chief, over the years, he's assembled a superior staff of officers who (give off) every ambiance of the community," Seeman said in a phone interview Saturday. "He created what I thought to be superior law enforcement."
According to the city of Aurora's website, Brokenrope was born in Phoenix but has lived most of his life in Central Nebraska. He is a Doniphan High School graduate and was in the U.S. Army from 1981 to 1984, serving as a military police officer.
He began his Nebraska Law Enforcement career in 1989 with the Grand Island Police Department. In 2000, he moved to Aurora and joined the Aurora Police Department. He became the police chief in 2006.
Brokenrope had recently graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Only 270 officers from around the world are accepted into the 11-week program that includes classroom instruction and physical training.
He has been an active member of the Aurora community and has volunteered at the Aurora Youth Center and coached baseball and football. He was an avid motorcycle rider.
Seeman said he remembers Brokenrope for his devotion to sharing his Native American culture with members of the Aurora community.
"He was obviously very devoted through his native culture," Seeman said. "He shared that culture with young people during the past few years. That was very much a part of his personal identity."
Brokenrope is survived by his wife, Deb, and their children Zac, J.D. and Kylie.
Grand Island Independent Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 9:18 pm | Updated: 9:19 pm, Sat Jul 27, 2013.
Final Call comes for Chief
Posted: Aug 01, 2013 5:51 PM CDT
Updated: Aug 01, 2013 7:39 PM CDT
By Steve White, Grand Island Bureau Chief - bio | email
A flawed man who became one of the nation's elite police officers, Aurora's police chief was both. Above all,
friends say Godfrey Brokenrope was a proud husband and father who fought for what was right.
"This is the final call to duty for Aurora Chief Godfrey Brokenrope..."
That last call goes unanswered, as dispatchers report Godfrey Brokenrope is 10–77 -- out of contact.
And while he can't be reached, his reach is evident in the lives of those who came to pay their respects.
"The fact he could touch the lives of all of you means so much to my family," Zac Brokenrope shared.
The family has the support of brothers in uniform, like Bill Luft who worked alongside Brokenrope.
"I have a lot of good friends but few brothers and he was a brother to me," Luft said.
He was a brother, a husband, and as his kids have heard so many times in the last week, he was a proud
"But we were equally proud of him," Zac said.
For Brokenrope's three kids, it wasn't easy growing up in the police chief's home.
Zac, now a teacher in Boston said, "Despite the fact I moved 1500 miles away to try and not just be Godfrey
Brokenrope's son, I'm proud to be here today and say I'm my father's son."
Godfrey Brokenrope's upbringing was tough. He was born in the back seat of a car and bounced from foster
home to foster home.
He overcame professional challenges and personal struggles. But friends say he put others first.
Pastor Paul Canady of the Grand Island Evangelical Free Church, where Brokenrope attended said, "He
fought for what he knew to be right and honorable even if it meant personal sacrifice."
Along the way, he embraced his Lakota roots. Myron Long Soldier sang and played his drum, saying "God
the Creator had plans" for Brokenrope.
His family admits Godfrey Brokenrope was flawed, but dedicated his
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