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Hero Down: Hillsborough County Deputy Brian Bass Dies Unexpectedly

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Bass served his department for over 19 years.

Hillsborough County, FL – Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Bass died unexpectedly on Oct. 16, according to his department.

Deputy Bass, 41, served the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for over 19 years, the agency said in a Facebook post.

“Today, the HCSO is mourning one of our own,” the post read. “Deputy Bass served in our Court Operations Division and was a loved and respected member of our Sheriff’s Office family. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Details about his death weren’t released.

On Monday, Deputy Bass’ family, friends, and coworkers gathered at the Hillsborough County Courthouse to hear his final radio call, WFLA reported.

The call was delivered by one of his closest friends, Hillsborough County Deputy Richie Griffin.

Those in attendance described the fallen deputy as “beloved,” according to the news outlet.

“Daddy I don’t know what I am going to do without you,” his 20-year-old daughter, Kiersten, wrote in a Facebook post. “You were my best friend and the first man I have ever loved.”

“I just wanted more time with you,” she wrote. “You were the best daddy I could ever ask for and I would never be where I am today…without you pushing me to always have good character and work really hard.”

“I will miss our daddy daughter dates and late-night talks,” Kiersten continued. “I will miss our talks about God and why things happen in the world. It just doesn’t feel real at all. You are loved by so many people, daddy.”

Deputy Bass also leaves behind his 16-year-old daughter, Amber, as well as his girlfriend, Alyssa West, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his parents, sister, grandmother, and his “brothers and sisters at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office,” as well as many friends and extended family members, his obituary read.

Deputy Bass will be laid to rest on Wednesday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Bass, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Holly Matkin - October Tue, 2018


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