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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

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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.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Secretary of Corrections Julie Jones
Florida Department of Corrections
501 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Phone: (850) 488-5021

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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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To the family of Sergeant Joseph Ossman, friends, Secretary of Corrections Julie Jones and the Florida Department of Corrections.
You are lifted up in thought and prayers. May God comfort, hold you close and give you His peace now and always. Thank you for your service. Matthew 5:9

Patrolman A.S. batson
Cherry / O'Berry Ploice Department, NC
September 21, 2017

 

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