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Officer Sacrifices Himself to Save Woman

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

A Florida woman is convinced that a deputy died trying to save her life.

Details about the Fatal Accident Involving the Police Officer

The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that a woman is convinced that the deputy who was killed in a wrong-way accident on Saturday sacrifice himself to save her life.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy John Kotfila was driving behind the woman, Sarah Geren, at about 2:45 a.m. on Saturday when he suddenly accelerated and pulled in front of her, putting himself directly in the past of a sport utility vehicle that was going the wrong way down the highway.

Geren witnessed the two vehicle collide, scattering debris and glass over the hood of her vehicle. Due to the strength of the impact, Geren was immediately convinced that no one could have survived the accident.

When Geren noticed the headlights coming directly towards her, she flashed her lights in an attempt to warn the driver, but the car kept coming her way. Geren began to turn her wheel and apply the brakes to move out of the way when Kotfila’s cruiser sped past her and slammed into the oncoming vehicle.

Both the driver of the SUV, 31-year-old Erik Thomas McBeth and 30-year-old Kotfila, were killed in the accident. Investigators are currently working to determine why the SUV was traveling in the wrong direction, and to find out whether or not alcohol played a role in the accident.

Important Information about Police Officer Accidents

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, there are thousands of wrongful deaths every year of police officers in the United States:

  • A total of 1,466 police officers were killed on the job from 2005-2014.
  • 414 police officers were killed in car accidents during the same time period – 32 of those fatalities happened in 2014.
  • In 2014, there were about 117 police officer fatalities in the United States. 


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