Posted By: Camila Orti
Flags in Aurora are flying at half–staff as the community grieves the loss of a well–loved police chief.
Godfrey Brokenrope died Saturday, two days after crashing his motorcycle. It happened on I-80 near the Milford interchange. Officials say he tried to stop for slower traffic, went into the median and rolled.
Harold Sautter, now retired, worked with Brokenrope in the police force for about 15 years.
"My heart went to my toes, it went to my toes when I heard about his accident, and I couldn't believe it," Sautter said.
He adds the Chief of Police had outstanding service.
"He was, to me, very fair with everybody," Sautter said. "He didn't take sides with nobody on it, he kept a cool disposition all the time."
Gabrielle Brosman remembers how much that cool disposition helped calm her down after a bicycle accident a few years back.
"He was the first on the scene and he helped me out a lot," Gabrielle said. "He just asked me some questions, he was a real sweet guy."
This comes as no surprise to Sautter, who says Brokenrope had excellent people skills.
"We just try to comfort the victims, and Rope had a real knack for that," Sautter said.
Brokenrope had been a part of Aurora's police department for 13 years. He was appointed Chief in 2006.
Sautter says Brokenrope loved riding his motorcycle, and they were both a part of the American Legion Riders.
"I was very proud to be associated with the young man," Sautter said.
Chief Brokenrope was 50 years old and leaves behind a wife and three children.
Funeral services will be held on August 1st at the Evangelical Free Church in Grand Island, Neb.
More information can be found at neresponseteam.org.