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Sergeant Joseph Ossman | Florida Department of Corrections, Florida Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

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Joseph Ossman

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 21 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

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Sergeant Joseph Ossman and Deputy Sheriff Julie Bridges, of the Hardee County Sheriff's Office, were killed in a vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 66 and Old Crewsville Road, in Zolfo Springs, at approximately 6:45 am.

Both officers had been required to stay in the county despite mandatory evacuations due to Hurricane Irma. Deputy Bridges was picking up supplies for a hurricane shelter when her patrol car collided head-on with Sergeant Ossman's vehicle. Sergeant Ossman was reporting for his shift at the Hardee Correctional Institution, which remained opened despite the evacuation.

Sergeant Ossman had served with the Florida Department of Corrections for 21 years.

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Deputy Sheriff Julie Bridges
Hardee County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Cause: Automobile crash

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Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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PTLM Frank Kapusta
Mohawk PD
October 22, 2017

 

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