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

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Julie Bridges

Hardee County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 111

Cause: Automobile crash

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Deputy Sheriff Julie Bridges and Sergeant Joseph Ossman, of the Florida Department of Corrections, 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.

Deputy Bridges had served with the Hardee County Sheriff's Office for 13 years. She is survived by her 8-year-old son and parents.

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Sergeant Joseph Ossman
Florida Department of Corrections, Florida
End of Watch: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Cause: Automobile crash

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Thank you, Officer Bridges, for your service to the citizens of Hardee County, FL. May the Lord comfort your family and fellow deputies of the Hardee County Sheriff’s Department during this very difficult time. Thank you for your sacrifice and Rest in Peace Ma’am.

K. Shipp, Special Agent
Dept. of VA, Office of Inspector General, CID
October 10, 2017


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