Three Names Added to Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial
By Sara Kirkley, Weekend Anchor / Reporter - email
Flags across the country have been ordered to be at half-staff come Thursday to honor fallen peace officers. Monday, Nebraska honored their own.
Five years ago, the wall honoring fallen law enforcement was put up in Grand Island with the hope that no more names would go on it. This year three more names were.
Union Pacific Railroad Special Agent William Ransom died of a head injury sustained on December 22nd, 1893, while attempting to arrest a subject in Wahoo.
Oconto Town Marshal Frederick Schlote died in 1967.
Scotts Bluff County Corrections Officer Amanda Beth Baker was killed in February.
It's a first Nebraska didn't want - the state's first female officer to die in the line of duty.
Now the name of Julie Baszler's daughter is on the memorial wall.
"As a mother I couldn't be more proud, but I'm sad. It hurts," said Baszler.
Baker died after what authorities say was a planned attack by a teenage inmate. She was studying to be a nurse, but hoped to continue to work in corrections.
Baszler describes her daughter as a spitfire that lit up a room.
"She was there for anybody and everybody whether she knew you or not," she said. "She'd be right there to lend a hand."
Though Deb Brokenrope's husband's name won't be going on the wall, she attended the ceremony this year without him.
Aurora Police Chief Godfrey Brokenrope died in a motorcycle crash last July. A wreath was laid for him.
"It's very emotional. I've been here every year with Godfrey for the last few years. I'd come to it with him, but this year it's got a whole different meaning to it," said Brokenrope. "It's been a tough year."
Brokenrope said her husband would have gladly laid his life down in the line of duty; and she's grateful for the support still there even though he didn't.
"It's awesome to see them honor him the way they did today," said Brokenrope.
For the first time this year the ceremony honored long-serving members of law enforcement that died, regardless of how.
More than 130 Nebraska officers have died in the line of duty.