Florida Deputy and Corrections Officer Killed From Hurricane Irma

A Hardee County (FL) sheriff’s deputy was one of two people killed in a car accident Sunday morning as Hurricane Irma began to encroach upon the state.

Julie Bridges, a 13-year member of the Hardee County force, died in a two-car collision while driving home Sunday morning.

Bridges was a 13-year veteran and was heading home to pick up more supplies for the shelter when the incident happened.

The Florida Department of Corrections said the driver of the other vehicle, Sgt. Joseph Ossman, was heading to start his shift at the Hardee Correctional Institution, also died.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported that the visibility was low and it was raining at the time of the collision.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tweeted Saturday afternoon that he was “saddened” by the loss of both officers, adding, “We honor those working 24/7 to keep us safe.”


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  1. bakertaylor28

    Gee, this one only demonstrates sheer ignorance. How dumb can you possibly be to even remotely consider driving in a cat 5 hurricane? I mean, I might see this if they were running from the storm or something, but i can’t say that it is reasonably prudent to be driving out and about in the midst of a large and active hurricane for employment-related purposes. That’s just plain ignorant. Therefore, the only appropriate epitaph I can give for these two are “here lie two fools.”

    • Kc

      It is called essential employee. Do you think the jails, prisons and hospitables shut down cause of a storm? These jobs are more important then your little nine to five job where it has the luxury to shut down when they want to. Their jobs already dangerous. Fire fighters don’t walk away when a fire is too big and law enforcment don’t walk away when situation is too dangerous.

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