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Deputy Sheriff John Robert Kotfila, Jr. | Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

John Robert Kotfila, Jr.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, March 12, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Deceased

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Deputy Sheriff John Kotfila was killed in a head-on collision with a vehicle that was driving the wrong direction on the Selmon Expressway, at the Brandon Express exit near I-75, at approximately 3:00 am.

He was returning to the station after investigating an unrelated traffic accident when a drunk driver entered the expressway heading west in the eastbound lanes, causing a head-on collision. The drunk driver died at the scene. Deputy Kotfila was transported to Tampa General Hospital where he later died.

Deputy Kotfila had served with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office for six years. He is survived by his parents, sister, and two brothers. His father, one brother, and both of his grandfathers served in law enforcement in Massachusetts.

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when John was killed.

To the Kotfiila family, fellow officers, and all who call John beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I know this must be a bitter blow to a family that has a tradition of law enforcement service.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Officer Kotfila gave to his community and the citizens of Florida, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 12, 2016.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
June 13, 2016

 

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