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Cemetery Walker (#47037844)
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Bio Photo My mom: Martha Raye Farnsworth

I hope everybody will be patient with me. I am going through all the messages and deleting a lot of old ones so I know which ones I need to respond to.

Thanks to everybody who has put a flower on my mom's memorial. It is appreciated so much.
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Dr. William McDonald
John Kotfila
I thought you might like to read the blog I wrote in memory of this brave policeman:

The Tampa Bay area has experienced more than its share of wrong way drivers the past few years. And I think it confounds the average driver how such a thing could possibly happen; especially on well-lit, adequately-signed thoroughfares, such as interstates and parkways.

On March 12, 2016 another tragic accident occurred on the parkway in Tampa. John Kotfila, a deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department, responded to the incident in a virtually unprecedented manner, and his quick thinking and the actions which followed go far beyond charitable.

The newspaper report conveys it well.

“Deputy Kotfila's final moments were spent trying to help someone else. Sarah Geren and her boyfriend were driving home from Ybor City on the Selmon Expressway Saturday morning, when she spotted the wrong way driver.

"I was flashing my lights crazily at him like a strobe light.--click click click click, because I couldn't think of any other way to say 'Stop driving at me! Please don't hit me!'" Geren said.
But before she knew it, Deputy Kotfila, who was driving right behind her, passed her, taking the impact in the crash that ultimately killed him and the wrong way driver.”

What kind of man was this?

It occurs to me that the two word phrase, “Sacrificial Suicide” says it well, and says it all.

I can only imagine the momentary decision and emotional dynamic it took to purposely pass the would-be victims, and place one’s self “in the line of fire;” realizing that in the space of a few moments he would almost certainly be ushered into eternity.

In the New Testament, John 15:13, we read,

“Greater love has no man than this that a man lay down his life for a friend.”

Deputy Kotfila did one better. He sacrificed his life for someone with whom he was altogether unacquainted.

And as a result, two precious young people were provided the wherewithal to continue living, and moving and breathing and loving; whereas, both would have almost certainly lost her lives that day.

His sacrifice of himself and all that lay ahead of him has impacted me in a profound manner.

May God hold this sacrificial law officer in the hollow of His loving arms, and reward him for having given the last full measure of devotion.

Added by Dr. William McDonald on Jul 26, 2016 3:28 PM
Simmons Family
Jensen
Thank you for transferring Richard's memorial.
Added by Simmons Family on Jul 26, 2016 10:08 AM
Simmons Family
Jensen
No, I am not related to Richard, but was neighbors and friends of the family for many years, and wanted to be sure he was linked to his family. Thanks again
Added by Simmons Family on Jul 22, 2016 6:45 PM
Dorothy
RE: John James Wilding
She isn't but I would take over the memorial and gladly pass it on to a family member of his if at sometime they do become members and would like to have it. Thank you so much!!
Added by Dorothy on Jul 22, 2016 11:07 AM
Simmons Family
Jensen
Thank you for linking Richard to his parents.
Added by Simmons Family on Jul 21, 2016 8:54 PM
Ron
RE: Elder Jason Reid Weiberg
You're welcome. Glad I was able to help.
Added by Ron on Jul 19, 2016 9:04 AM
R. Jeanne Moran
RE: Ella Middlekauf
You are welcome. Sorry, but I am not related. Jeanne
Added by R. Jeanne Moran on Jul 17, 2016 10:19 AM
K_boodle
RE: George Gibson
Sure - and thanks!
Added by K_boodle on Jul 17, 2016 7:33 AM
Dorothy
RE: John James Wilding
I work with his mother :-(
Added by Dorothy on Jul 17, 2016 6:09 AM
Nancy (Hitchcock) Clewell
Bessie Elliott McCormack
Thank you for making the links. My husband is very indirectly related.
Added by Nancy (Hitchcock) Clewell on Jul 16, 2016 6:52 PM
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