Sergeant Joseph Ossman

Sergeant Joseph Ossman

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, September 10, 2017

Joseph Ossman

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 and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was survived by his son, step-son, brother and two sisters.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

natural disaster, vehicle crash

Most Recent Reflection

View all 131 Reflections

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 1st anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson(Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

September 10, 2018

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.