Houston Police Officer Drowns In Floodwaters

State-Regional

A Houston police officer drowned in his patrol vehicle due to the Harvey floodwaters Chief Art Acevedo confirmed.

Sgt. Steve Perez had been with the Houston police department for more than 30 years.

Sgt. Perez was in his patrol car driving to work in downtown Sunday morning when he got trapped in high water at I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road.

Chief Acevedo said Perez’s family did not want him to go to work, but he did, telling his family, “We’ve got work to do.”

Chief Art Acevedo said,  “We even used one of our, what are we calling these people from Louisiana, God bless them? Our Cajun Navy. You know, our American Cajun Navy that helped us look for him. So, we couldn’t find him, and once our dive team got there, it was too treacherous to go under and look for him.”

The department made the decision to leave officers there and wait until morning so they would not put more officers at risk.

The dive team found Perez’s body around 8 am Tuesday.

Perez was two days shy of his 60th birthday.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a tweet:  “Sergeant Perez fulfilled his purpose. His mission is complete.

This city ought to celebrate his life. 9K police and fire working to serve.”  

He went on to say, “RIP, Sergeant.  Houston thanks you and mourns all who have died in #HarveyFlood.

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