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.

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for over five years. Feel those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

March 14, 2016

RIP Bless the family and friends

Evidence Tech (volunteer)
Curry County Sheriff, Oregon

March 14, 2016

Deputy Kotfila was working the traffic accident my husband was in late Friday night when he was returning from the hospital from visiting the others who were injured. We were shocked and devastated to hear the news of his untimely passing Saturday morning. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, his HCSO family and all that knew him.
“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9

Special Agent Michelle Bednar-Charles
DHS / Homeland Security Investigations

March 14, 2016

Thank You for your service Deputy Sheriff John Kotfila.
Rest in peace.

Officer K.L. Wilkerson (Ret.)
Garland Police Department

March 14, 2016

God Bless

Commander Eric James
University of Nevada Police Department

March 14, 2016

Please accept my condolences for this tragic incident.

P.O. (Ret) Donald Current
City of New York PD

March 14, 2016

RIP brother John.

May God bless and be with your family, co-workers and friends at this very difficult time.

Inv. Bevenour
Gettysburg Police Dept.

March 14, 2016

May God hold you in his loving arms. May he watch over your family and your brothers and sisters in blue. Rest in peace hero.

Tanya J. Berry
mother of deputy sheriff

March 14, 2016

Deputy Kotfila,
Thank you for your service. Our community mourns your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. You will not be forgotten. God bless your soul.

Winton Smith Jr

March 14, 2016



March 14, 2016


Dylan Feeney

March 14, 2016

Rest in peace Deputy Kotfila. I ask Our Heavenly Father to comfort and watch over your family, friends and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Thank you for your service. God's speed brother.

Chief Jack Cavanaugh
Lee County Port Authority Police Department

March 14, 2016


Seargeant Jackie Robertson
Lewisburg city police

March 14, 2016

Rest in peace brother. Thoughts are with your family both blue and blood during this difficult time. Thank you Deputy Kotfila for your 6 years of service and dedication to your community.

Detective Sergeant David Post
Reno County Sheriff's Office Hutchinson, KS

March 14, 2016

Deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to the family and fellow deputies of Dep. Kotfila. May GOD comfort you in your time of inconsolable loss.

Bob & Cheryl LaBonte

Bob & Cheryl LaBonte
Family friends

March 14, 2016

Rest easy, brother.

Officer Adam Bray
The Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia

March 14, 2016

To The Family of Deputy Sheriff John Kotfila, Jr.

Losing someone so close to us is very difficult. May all who are touched from this loss remember what we are told at Revelation 21:3-4. It is comforting to know God will soon remove everything that causes tears of sorrow. Imagine death, pain and suffering being done away with. The only tears that we will have will be tears of joy when we welcome our loved ones back to a paradise earth. What a joy to experience this promise very soon.

My condolences to the family.

Cpl. William Stanback (Retired)
Pennsylvania State Police

March 14, 2016

My heart and prayers are with the family, friends, and the entire Hillsborough County SO. May God be with each of you as you face this very difficult time. Deputy Kotfila, you sir are a hero we will never forget. May you rest in peace and continue your watch on the streets above.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure, EOW 08/6/02, Union County, SO

March 14, 2016

We miss you already my friend.

Ofc Goncalves
Tampa Police Dept

March 14, 2016

John, I'm still in disbelief. I cannot wrap my thoughts around this tragedy. I miss you and was so looking forward to another get together at your place. To answer your reoccurring question, I'm not on the phone :-) Now who's going to annoy me with the question of who I'm talking too? Thank you for all that you did and for how open and generous you were. Since you're in heaven now, give Justin, Mark, and David a hug for me and tell them I think about them all the time. Until we meet again, rest in peace my friend.

Deputy Smalls aka "Biggie Smalls"

March 14, 2016

Rest In Peace sir ... God Bless and comfort your family ... friends and fellow LEOS ..

Citizen Supporter

March 14, 2016

R.I.P. Brother! You will always be remembered!

Corporal Demetrius Tucker #903
Florida Highway Patrol

March 14, 2016

God speed! Thank you for your service!

Andi, civilian

March 14, 2016

Deepest sympathy is extended to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Kotfila. May the grace of God surround all who loved him and served with him.

Chaplain James Gysel
Calhoun County Michigan Sheriff's Office

March 14, 2016

Deputy Kotfila,
May you rest in Heavenly Peace. May your family be forever watched over and blessed. May your friends and colleagues find comfort. Please watch over us from on high.
We will see you again dear Sir.
Thank you for your service. I will never forget your sacrifice or the sacrifice of your family.
Greater Love Hath No Man....
Prayers for all involved.

Surviving Daughter of Special Agent J. Robert Porter
Federal Bureau of Investigation
E.O.W. 8/9/79

March 14, 2016

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