Aurora police chief Godfrey Brokenrope dies

2013-07-27T21:45:00Z 2013-07-31T16:17:40Z Aurora police chief Godfrey Brokenrope diesFrom staff and wire reports JournalStar.com
July 27, 2013 9:45 pm  • 

Aurora Police Chief Godfrey Brokenrope died Saturday evening.

A Bryan Health supervisor said Brokenrope died at 6:05 p.m.

Brokenrope was hospitalized and listed in critical condition Thursday after a motorcycle crash on Interstate 80 at about 5 p.m. The accident happened on eastbound I-80 near Seward.

Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said Brokenrope couldn't stop his bike in time to avoid slower traffic and crashed in the median.

Aurora Mayor Marlin Seeman said Brokenrope served as a police officer for much of his life until he became Aurora’s chief in 2006.

Becoming chief was a high point in Brokenrope’s professional development and personal goals, Seeman said. Previously he served as a police officer in Grand Island and Aurora and as a military police officer, Seeman said.

Brokenrope showed a commitment to the department, himself and officers, creating a distinguished leadership as police chief, Seeman said.

“One of the things I have learned over the years is that each one of us has a role to play during our time of leadership … we do the best we can,” Seeman said. “But the body of work for his time as police chief was a successful enhancement to the community of Aurora."

Reach Jourdyn Kaarre at 402-473-2655 or jkaarre@journalstar.com.

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