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Secretary of Corrections Julie Jones
Florida Department of Corrections
501 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 488-5021
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Sergeant Joseph Ossman was killed in an automobile crash during Hurricane Irma. Sergeant Ossman was reporting for his shift at the Hardee Correctional Institution when he was involved in a collision with Deputy Sheriff Julie Bridges of the Hardee County Sheriff's Office. Sergeant Ossman is the 14th law enforcement officer to be killed in an automobile crash in 2017 and the eighth officer fatality from the state of Florida.