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Aurora’s community flag flies at half mast this week in honor of Godfrey Brokenrope.

The Aurora Chief of Police died Saturday from injuries sustained in a Thursday motorcycle accident, ending his life at the young age of 50.
Brokenrope was a proud servant to this community and a 13-year member of the Aurora Police Department. He served the last seven of those years as police chief.

Brokenrope spoke with passion about his life’s work, sharing his insight and experiences often with local groups. He truly cared about Aurora and worked hard to protect and to serve its citizens.

The South Dakota native was honored recently, being chosen to attend the FBI National Academy in Virginia. In his last interview with the News-Register he said he came home inspired with a new sense of leadership and responsibility.

“I had to do 16 term papers while I was out there, and I’ve never done a term paper before,” he said in May. “I completed the (6.1 mile) Yellow Brick Road (obstacle course) also. That was something I really wanted to do.”

The 24-year police veteran said he was rejuvenated by the FBI training and looked forward to sharing what he learned with his staff and community.

Sadly, he will not get that opportunity.

Law enforcement personnel from around the state have tipped their hat in respect to this fallen public servant. We offer our thoughts and prayers as well to his wife, Deb, and three children.

It’s a sad, sad day for Aurora.

Kurt Johnson

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