Florida Sheriff’s Deputy, Corrections Officer Killed in Head-On Crash

BY MATT PEARCE ON SEP 10, 2017
SOURCE: LOS ANGELES TIMES

HARDEE COUNTY, Florida — Two law enforcement officials died after their vehicles crashed head-on in a rural county southeast of Tampa, Fla., Sunday morning as Hurricane Irma bore down on the state, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The drivers were Hardee County Sheriff’s Deputy Julie Ann Bridges, 42, of Wauchula, Fla., who was headed home in her marked sheriff’s cruiser, and Hardee County Correctional Institute Sgt. Joseph J. Ossman, 53, of Sebring, Fla., who was on his way to work in a 2012 Nissan Altima.

Local media reported that Bridges had just ended her shift at a hurricane shelter.

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