A Florida deputy returning home from helping at an evacuation shelter during Hurricane Irma and a corrections officer heading to his shift were killed in a car crash Sunday morning, authorities said.
Deputy Julie Bridges, 43, a 13-year veteran with the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office, was getting more supplies to bring to the shelter from her home, WFLA-TV reported.
Sgt. Joseph Ossman, 53, a corrections officer at the Hardee Correctional Institution, was the other person killed.
He was driving westbound on State Road 66 when the front of his vehicle struck a marked sheriff’s deputy car carrying Bridges at 6:35 a.m. in Hardee County, Florida Highway Patrol said.
“I am heartbroken to learn of the loss of these the two individuals in a traffic accident today,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement. “Our law enforcement and correctional officers work every day to keep Floridians safe.”
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi tweeted out her condolences for the officers’ families.
“My prayers are with the families of Sgt. Ossman & Deputy Bridges who lost their lives today serving their community,” the AG wrote.
Authorities have not said if Irma’s weather condition have contributed to the crash. Highway Patrol said the crash remains under investigation.