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 Interstate 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.