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Sheriff Arnold Lanier
Hardee County Sheriff's Office
900 East Summit Street
Wauchula, FL 33873
Phone: (863) 773-0304
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Deputy Sheriff Julie Bridges was killed in an automobile crash during Hurricane Irma. Deputy Bridges was leaving an evacuation shelter in Hardee County in her patrol vehicle. She was headed home to get supplies before returning to the shelter when she was involved in a collision with Sergeant Joseph Ossman of the Florida Department of Corrections. Deputy Bridges is the 13th law enforcement officer to be killed in an automobile crash in 2017 and the seventh officer fatality from the state of Florida.