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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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You put yourself as a human shield for God's know so many people that night. You made the ultimate sacrifice sir. I salute you!

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