Three dead as Hurricane Irma batters Florida

Officer Julie Bridges and Sgt. Joseph Osmann were killed in a car crash in Florida during Hurricane Irma on Sunday

Officer Julie Bridges and Sgt. Joseph Osmann were killed in a car crash in Florida during Hurricane Irma on Sunday

The 13-year veteran of the Hardee County Sheriff's Office was from Zolfo Springs.

The incident took place at State Road 66 and Old Crewsville Road in Hardee County.

Sgt. Joseph Ossman, who had worked in the Florida Department of Corrections for 21 years, was on his way to work, according to a statement from Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R).

Sergeant Joe Ossman was reporting to work at the Hardee Correctional Institute, the Florida Department of Corrections said. Further details about what happened have not been released.

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Hardee County is an interior county in Florida southeast of Tampa.

"Our Chaplain is on duty and will begin providing grievance counseling to our staff".

"I am heartbroken to learn of the loss of these the two individuals in a traffic accident today".

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Hardee Correctional Institution - near Wauchula, east of Bradenton - was not among the prisons the state evacuated in advance of Hurricane Irma, FDOC said.

Hurricane Irma has claimed the lives of four Florida residents, just hours after it made landfall in Cudjoe Key as a Category 4 storm.

The truck was carrying a generator, ABC News reported. Courtesy of MSNBC and YouTube.

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