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December 6th, 2008
Hays County Sheriff dies at 63

Hays County Sheriff Allen Bridges died in an Austin hospital Saturday morning.

According to Lt. Leroy Opiela of the Hays County Sheriff’s office, Bridges spoke at a Brown Santa fundraiser before collapsing in his Dripping Springs home Friday night.

“At around 10:15 to 10:30 p.m. (Bridges) took a shower and his wife, Kathy, heard a commotion in the bathroom,” said Opiela. “She went in and he was unconscious and not breathing.”

Opiela said Bridges’ family called emergency medical services and his daughter and neighbor tried to revive him by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.  Bridges was transferred by ambulance to South Austin Medical Center where he died at 12:15 a.m.

Cause of death remains unknown. “We suspect it was a massive heart attack, but nothing is certain yet,” said Opiela.

Currently the deceased body is at the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Bridges first became Sheriff after a unanimous appointment by the Hays County Commissioners Court in August of 2005, as then Sheriff, Don Montague, retired.

According to his biography, Bridges began his career in Law Enforcement in 1972 with the Austin Police Department. He joined the Hays County Sheriff’s Office in August of 1997, and became the first Public Information Officer for the department in January of 1998. Bridges took office as Sheriff September 1, 2005, and residents elected him for that post in 2006 and again in 2008.

Bridges was a Dripping Springs resident for over 20 years, and leaves behind his wife Kathy, four daughters, one son, and eleven grandchildren.

Opiela said funeral arrangements have not been finalized but suggested the family would have the body at the Thomason Funeral Home in Wimberley, church services at the Dripping Springs Methodist Church, and a burial at the Phillips Cemetery in Dripping Springs.

by Andy Sevilla

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0 thoughts on “Hays County Sheriff dies at 63

  1. OMG! what a tragic story, my codolences to his family. Hays County suffered a great loss. May God Bless Hays County, Texas, and America.

  2. 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.

  3. Such a sad turn of events. May God bless the Bridges Family and friends. Hays County has had a terrible loss, but he will be remembered for all that he has done.

  4. Update: Funeral services will be held Wednesday at First Baptist Church at 10 AM. The church is located at 325 W. McCarty Road.

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