Memorials Set for Aurora Police Chief
"God made me an Indian," he liked to say, and the City of Aurora made him a chief. Now flags fly at half-staff in honor of a police officer who made it his life's work to help those in need.
Brothers in blue and brothers on bikes come together to support a family that has supported so many others.
Aurora Mayor Marlin Seeman said, "Over the years he has given, and now the community has given to his family in their time of grief."
It's a family and community devastated, as Brokenrope died following a motorcycle crash.
"I think the city of Aurora, staff and community have all bonded together to support the Brokenrope family," Seeman said.
Known as "Rope" to his friends, he embraced his Lakota heritage in recent years, and called his motorcycle his horse.
His law enforcement career began in the U.S. Army and hit a rough patch about 15 years ago.
"I've had to overcome a lot of obstacles and battles, personally and professionally but they make me stronger person and make me appreciate what I've got – my family, my career I've chosen," he told NTV this March.
His family was proud of him for completing the National FBI Academy.
Marlin Seeman said Brokenrope taught his officers to be ready for the unexpected, but certainly no one expected this.
"They're trained and prepared to continue the legacy of the Aurora Police Department," Seeman said.
From Aurora to the FBI, tributes pour in.
Son Zac said, "Grateful to everyone's progress and thoughts and communities we grew up in, in central Nebraska that have reached out to us and great support system for us."
And they'll need that support, as Brokenrope leaves behind a wife and three children.
"We really appreciate the prayers and thoughts as we go forward," Zac said.
Services Set, Memorial Established
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Grand Island.
While it was not a line of duty death, the Nebraska Line of Duty Death Response Team is involved, and plans to have uniformed officers stand watch during services.
A motorcycle procession is expected to accompany Brokenrope's remains on Wednesday, from Lincoln to Grand Island, passing through Aurora on Highway 34.
The Blue Knights police motorcycle club as well as Patriot Guard Riders plan to join the ride. Brokenrope's remains will be carried in his Aurora Police Department patrol car.
The procession is expected to reach Aurora around 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Godfrey Brokenrope Memorial Fund has been established through Home Federal Bank in Grand Island, for those who want to help the family financially.
Brokenrope is survived by his wife Deb and their three children, Zac, J.D., and Kylie.