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Deputy Sheriff Julie Bridges | Hardee County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Julie Bridges

Hardee County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, September 10, 2017
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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Julie Bridges


R.I.P. SISTER Bridges!!!

Nebraska Police Officer
September 18, 2017

We will remember.

Miss Eleanore Trupkiewicz
Civilian Supporter of Law Enforcement
September 18, 2017

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one who’s blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission
Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
September 18, 2017

My heart breaks every time an officer/trooper dies...may God watch over your fellow officers and your family during this trying time!

Ruthann Cross, Civilian
September 17, 2017

I thank DeputyBridges for her commitment with the community. She has demonstrated that no matter what is the cituation she was always ready to serve the comunnity. We all should be thankfull of our men and women who are willing to risk their lives for us.

Ana Campos/Class 425
September 17, 2017

Sheriff Arnold Lanier ,i just heard of the lost of deputy Bridges
i am sorry to hear that you lost an officer .in the storm . may the deputy rest in peace

ricky taylor retired sgt.
miami police department
September 16, 2017

So saddened to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Police Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department
September 15, 2017

Rest in Peace Deputy Bridges. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, coworkers, and friends.

Lieutenant Robert T. Mote (ret)
Buena Park, CA Police Department
September 15, 2017

Rest in Peace Deputy Bridges. May the Lord grant your family, friends and co-workers peace during this difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Parole Supervisor Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections
September 15, 2017

Rest easy Sister. Prayers for family, friends and coworkers.

Career Officer (Ret.) Victor Agosto
Chesterfield County Police (Va.)
September 14, 2017

Rest in peace Sister.

Lt. Arrend Hoopes
Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Va.
September 13, 2017

Rest in peace.

Officer Kyle Groose
Laramie PD, WY
September 13, 2017

My deepest condolences. My prayers for the family, friends and Hardee County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Lizbeth Villafañe
September 13, 2017

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

Abraham Lincoln

Sergeant E. Kemmer #142
Nevada Highway Patrol
September 13, 2017

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Deputy Bridges. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Hardee County Sheriff's Office.

U.S. Postal Inspector Scott Horne
U.S. Postal Inspection Serviceb
September 13, 2017

May you rest in eternal peace. Thank you for your service. Your watch is over. You will never be forgotten.

Dept. of Justice FBOP
September 12, 2017

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
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Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police Department
September 12, 2017

Rest in peace sister. God's speed. Thank you for your service.

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin DNR Warden
September 12, 2017

Rest In Peace Sister

Deputy Shannon Yates
Covington County Sheriff Department
September 12, 2017

Rest in peace Deputy....My thoughts are with your family, friends, and the members of the HCSO during this very difficult and tragic time....

Lt. Joseph Ward, Ret
Jackson, NJ PD
September 12, 2017

God Speed, Brother.

Sgt. K. Murphy
Union PD, NJ
September 12, 2017

My condolences for your sad loss

Jacquie Rebel survivor
September 12, 2017

On behalf of the men and women of VFW Post 637 please accepted our most deepest condolences. Snappy salute for both true patriots.

Commander H. Lee Dixon
VFW Post 637 Hopewell, VA
September 12, 2017

On behalf of Somerset County Sheriff's Office please accepts our deepest sympathies for you loss.

Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano
Somerset County Sheriff's Office, New Jersey
September 12, 2017

My condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Sheriff Julie Bridges. While words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one, we look forward to the time when words will fail to capture the joy of having our heavenly Father return your dear one to you. Once again, my condolences.

Cpl. William Stanback (Retired)
Pennsylvania State Police
September 12, 2017


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