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December 6th, 2008
Sheriff stops breathing at home, dies later at hospital

by BRAD ROLLINS
Managing Editor

Hays County Sheriff Allen Bridges died early this morning at an Austin hospital where he was taken after he stopped breathing at his Dripping Springs home.

No cause is known yet but sheriff’s office officials speculate that he may have suffered a heart attack, said Lt. Leroy Opiela, the sheriff’s office spokesperson.

On Friday night, Bridges returned from a charity event for the Brown Santa children’s Christmas gift program and collapsed in the shower. Bridge’s daughter and a neighbor performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the sheriff until ambulance arrived, Opiela said. He was taken to St. David’s South Austin Hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 12:15 a.m. He was 63 years old.

The commissioners court appointed Bridges, a Republican, as sheriff in September 2005 after Don Montague resigned. Bridges ran unopposed for the remainder of Montague’s term in 2006 and in November this year won  54.79 percent of 56,627 votes against Democratic challenger Bill Huddleston.

Bridges started working in Hays County in 1997 after 25 years at the Austin Police Department.

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6 thoughts on “Sheriff stops breathing at home, dies later at hospital

  1. He will be truly missed. He was a very good man and a great sheriff! God bless his family through this hard time.

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and Sheriff Office, he will be missed as our Sheriff and friend.

    Sincerely
    Helm Family

  3. A true loss for our community. Alan was a gentle giant who loved Hays County. He leaves some big boots to fill. My prayers go out to his family and the entire law enforcement community. Good bless you Alan we will miss you.

  4. To learn of the passing of Sheriff Allen Bridges was an unexpected and sorrowful event. My family and I offer our sympathies and prayers to Allen’s family and friends. I am proud to have served under Sheriff Bridges. The recent campaign is just one example of how Allen Bridges lived by a higher standard exemplified by the depth of his dignity and integirty. We will miss Allen, but his contributions and dedication to his beloved family and to Hays County will remain.

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