by BRAD ROLLINS
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.Email | Print