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Hardee County deputy, corrections officer killed in head-on crash

11 September 2017

A deputy leaving a hurricane shelter in Florida was killed in a auto crash.

A Florida sheriff's deputy was helping supply an evacuation shelter ahead of Hurricane Irma's landfall Sunday morning the vehicle she was driving crashed into one driven by a state prison employee, killing them both, according to local reports.

The 13-year veteran of the Hardee County Sheriff's Office was from Zolfo Springs. She was planning on returning to work another shift this morning when she was killed.

The Florida Department of Corrections said Sgt. Joseph Ossman was reporting to duty at the Hardee Correctional Institution when the crash occurred.

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She was leaving a hurricane shelter where she was assigned, and the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, the newspaper reported. There were no other passengers in either vehicle.

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

No other details have been released. An unnamed sergeant at the Hardee Correctional Institute also died.

Hardee County was in a curfew at the time of the accident. "It is because of their work we are able to live in a state where people can raise their families safely".

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Hardee County deputy, corrections officer killed in head-on crash