Deputy working at Irma shelter, CO killed in head-on collision
A Hardee County sheriff’s deputy collided with a state corrections officer
Duty Death: Julie Bridges and Joseph Ossman - [Hardee County, Florida]
End of Service: 09/10/2017
By Police1 Staff
HARDEE COUNTY, Fla. — Two LEOs were killed Sunday in a head-on collision.
According to the Miami Herald, a Hardee County sheriff’s deputy collided with a state corrections officer. Both were killed.
Our thoughts & prayers are with Hardee Sheriff's Dep., the Florida Dep. of Corrections & the families of the 2 deputies who lost their lives— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) September 10, 2017
Deputy Julie Bridges was a 13-year veteran officer, according to NBC 2. Bay News 9 reported Bridges was working at an Irma shelter and was on the road to pick up some items from home when the crash occurred.
Sgt. Joseph Ossman, the 21-year veteran CO who was killed, was reporting for duty when the incident occurred, according to the Herald.
Officials are investigating if the weather conditions from Irma played a factor.
UPDATE: Florida Department of Corrections employee Sgt. Joseph Ossman was also killed in traffic accident pic.twitter.com/YP1A3kWWGk— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 10, 2017