By Steve White, Grand Island Bureau Chief - bio | email
Zac Brokenrope says he's proud to be "my father's son"
Patriot Guard Riders
Members of the honor guard salute
"Samson" the buffalo outside the Evangelical Free Church
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 father.
"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 life to serving others, until that final radio call.
Brokenrope is survived by his wife and three kids.