Honor ride in memory of Deputy Kotfila raises money for his family

TAMPA, FL (WFLA)—On Saturday morning, the streets of Tampa Bay are expected to be filled with members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, all riding in honor of fallen deputy John Kotfila.

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Deputy Kotfila was killed by a wrong-way driver in March on the Selmon Expressway.

On Saturday morning, Bikes for Badges sponsored a charity ride to benefit deputy Kotfila’s family.

The Sheriff’s Office is like a family itself and the death of deputy Kotfila has been a difficult loss to cope with for many of his former colleagues.

“The brotherhood really starts when you get out on the streets. These guys would put their life on the line for me and I would do the same for them and they aren’t even my blood,” said deputy Nicholas Cruz, who worked with deputy Kotfila.

The ride is set to take off from the Brandon Harley-Davidson store.

Organizers estimate up to 500 riders will take part in the event.

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