Two Law Enforcement Officers Killed in Hardee County Crash

It is with a very heavy heart that the Florida Highway Patrol sends out the attached press release:

Driver 1, Joseph Ossman, was a Sergeant at the Hardee Correctional Institute enroute to his place of employment at the Hardee County Correctional Institute.

Driver 2, Julie Bridges, was an on duty deputy with the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office who had just concluded bravo night shift enroute to her residence.

Details about the crash — such as exactly when or where it occurred and whether weather conditions from Hurricane Irma played a factor — were not immediately released.

The Investigation is on going at this time.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hardee County Sheriff’s Department, the Florida Department of Corrections and their families!

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