Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff John Robert Kotfila, Jr.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, March 12, 2016

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff John Robert Kotfila, Jr.

Rest in peace deputy gone too soon.

Ofc. Brandon Pollock
Miami Dade corrections & rehabilitation department

March 14, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with family, friends and fellow officers. Thank you for your service. May he Rest in Peace!

Ret. Deputy Sheriff's Tom and Diana Stri
Clayton County Sheriff Office Jonesboro Ga

March 14, 2016

Condolences to his family, so tragic. Deep appreciation for six years of service - rest in peace in Jesus' arms Deputy Kotfila.

M. Onorato

March 14, 2016

RIP Brother. May God be with you Family and loved ones. Rest easy now.

Officer Steven Austin
Lawrence TWP P.D. (NJ)

March 14, 2016

Rest in peace thank you for your service

Civilian hunger homeless comm ( city of

March 14, 2016

Very tragic circumstances, thank you for your service Deputy Sheriff Kotfila, Jr. You will not be forgotten and may you rest in peace.

J. Gantner
Grandson, Son, Brother of NJ LEO's & NJSP

March 14, 2016

Rest in peace Deputy, your service is complete.
Like your Father and Brother you served with honor.

Trooper Paul Halpin (ret)
Massachusetts State Police, Troop "D"

March 14, 2016

God rest his soul.

Sgt. Robert A. Henne/Retired
Jersey City PD

March 13, 2016

RIP brother, thank you for your service and sacrifice, my may the lord watch over you and your brothers in blue..

Lieutenant (Ret) Robert Denault
Department of Defense Police

March 13, 2016

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright BMI © 1993 - All Rights Reserved

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 13, 2016

Dear friend, may you R.I.P. in heaven and continue to watch over all of those down here! You were great ever since I met you brother! You walked the line greatly Deputy Kotfila! You will always be Remembered with great Respect! Final Salute Deputy John Kotfila! You are a Hero! Rest in Peace! We are all sending Prayers to your family and fellow deputies!

Retired Deputy Richard Burton
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

March 13, 2016

RIP Sir. Your shift is over, and you have done well. Rest, as you have been called home. We thank you for you service, your Brother and Sisters will take over your shifts from here. May the LORD give peace and comfort to his family, in and out of uniform.

Deputy J. Porter. ( Retired )
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Az

March 13, 2016

God bless you and your family.
Rest in peace brother.

Corrections Officer Paul Schanno
Hennepin County (Minneapolis)- ACF

March 13, 2016

Rest in peace, brother. The community mourns your tragic loss… thank you for your service.

J. S., Conservation Warden
Wisconsin DNR

March 13, 2016

My dear friend, I am so proud to call you that. Heaven opened its gates and welcomed a humble servant. Oh what a beautiful sight for those eyes to have seen. You were an amazing person, who didn't know the word "no" or "can't". I am sad that you were taken from us but relieved in the fact that you now walk with Jesus. Rest easy my friend, although you will be missed, we are constant in the fact that you are with Jesus. Thank you for your friendship. We love you beyond the measure of words.

RII retired R. Argote

March 13, 2016

God Bless You, Your Family, & Friends. Thank you for your unselfish service.

James P. Waggle

March 13, 2016

Rest in peace Deputy Kotfila

Dennis M. Carr, Sheriff (Ret)
Monroe County Iowa Sheriff's Office

March 13, 2016

Rest in peace Deputy Kotfila

Officer Joseph Bresette
Galesville Police Department (WI)

March 13, 2016

Thank you for your service. Praying for your Family & Dept.

Detective Monica Veney
Baltimore City Police Department

March 13, 2016

Rest in peace Deputy....My thoughts are with your family, friends, and the members of the HCSO during this most difficult and tragic time.....

Lt. Joseph Ward, Ret
Jackson, NJ PD

March 13, 2016

Father please accept your warrior Deputy Kotfila into your Kingdom For there is no greater Love than one who gives his life for the people he is sworn to serve. In Jesus Name Amen

Retired Police
Western New York Cops for Christ

March 13, 2016

I am so sorry for the loss of this fine young deputy sheriff.I am a retired deputy sheriff from Toledo,Ohio and feel very sadden for this officer and pray for him and his entire law enforcement family.God bless all officers and pray for their safety.

James G. Ceglio
Retired Lucas co.Sheriff's office

March 13, 2016

I attended the police academy with his father, Sgt John Kotfila, Mass. State police. Words cannot express my sadness to John and his family and the entire Hillsborough County Sheriff's Dept. Thank you for your service and dedication to others. May you rest in peace, John.

Nancy Blanchard, Ptl ret.
Barnstable Police Dept.

March 13, 2016

It was fun working with you John. You will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family

Det. Brian Sarff

March 13, 2016

Rest in peace John..... It was fun working with you. You will most assuredly be missed.


March 13, 2016

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