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.
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.