Hillsborough Deputy John Kotfila, killed in wrong way crash, laid to rest in Massachussetts

HCSO Deputy John Kotfila Jr., 30, was killed in a wrong-way crash.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) –  A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputy killed by a wrong-way driver, was laid to rest  on Wednesday in his hometown of Falmouth, Massachusetts.

 Aerial view of Deputy John R. Kotfila's service, outside St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Falmouth MA
Aerial view of Deputy John R. Kotfila’s service, outside St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Falmouth MA
 Inside view of Deputy John R. Kotfila's service at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Falmouth MA
Inside view of Deputy John R. Kotfila’s service at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Falmouth MA

Kotfila moved to Tampa six years ago to take a job with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The 30 year old died nearly two weeks ago when a wrong-way driver hit him head-on on the Leroy Selmon Expressway.

At St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Falmouth on Wednesday, Kotfila’s uncle, Bobby Cahoon, who is a deputy with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, told mourners his nephew was an amazing young man, gone too soon.

“Heaven needed another angel to look over us.  So I say to you John Robert, you continue to walk that thin blue line and save me a spot, because when I get there, I’d be proud to walk right beside you. We love you and we miss you,” Cahoon said.

Kotfila’s father is a Massachusetts State Police Sergeant and a former Falmouth Police Officer. Kotfila’s brother is currently a police officer in Falmouth. On Friday, friends, family and law enforcement officers paid their respects at a service in Lutz. WATCH the service here.

Anyone wishing to donate to the family of Deputy John R. Kotfila, Jr. may do so via the Lynn Sowers Memorial Foundation.  Please notate “Deputy Kotfila” with your donation.

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