Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Houston police officer drowns in historic flood

Houston police officer drowns in historic flood

Sargeant Steve Perez was reporting to work in the midst of unprecedented hurricane flooding on Sunday when his patrol auto became trapped in high water, and he tragically drowned.

"On behalf of the people of the city of Houston and our great city, I want to take the time to extend my condolences, my prayers, to his family, specifically to his - specifically to his wife, Cheryl, to his son as well as to his daughter".

"In the darkness, Sgt. Perez drove under an underpass. and drove into the water", he said.

A veteran Houston police officer drowned Sunday after he became trapped in floodwaters, officials confirmed Tuesday at an emotional news conference.

Acevedo said Perez had departed his home for work at 4 a.m. on Sunday amid torrential rains, and struggled for roughly two and a half hours to find a route to his duty station in downtown Houston.

"And his response was, 'We've got work to do, '" the chief said, choking back tears.

Officers realized the next day that Perez had not shown up to either station, and they combed a search area that led them to Hardy Toll Road and Beltway 8. "They know it's going to be a while because we have some work to do ― work that he would want us to do". The family has yet to be notified.

"Steve was one of the sweetest people I've met in this department", Acevedo said.

"When you have faith, there's hope", Acevedo said.

The officer's death brings the number of deaths in Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey to 15.

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