Houston police officer drowns in floodwaters

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Sargeant Steve Perez was reporting to work in the midst of unprecedented hurricane flooding on Sunday when his patrol vehicle became trapped in high water, and he tragically drowned. Perez called his chain of command and said, "Listen I cannot get to my primary duty station", the chief said, adding, "Being the dedicated professional this man was, he followed our protocol which was to go to a secondary location, the nearest location he could get to". And he lost his life on Sunday morning on his way to work. They narrowed their search to the Hardy Tollway and Beltway 8, Acevedo said.

A crew was sent on Monday to search for Perez, however the floods were too treacherous to search for him. "His response was 'We got work to do'". Chief Acevedo said, "Every day we ask men and women to show up in good and bad conditions". Perez served on the force for 34 years and was now assigned to the traffic enforcement division.

Police notified Perez's family at the sergeant's home, Acevedo said.

Turner added that Perez had been so determined to report for duty that morning, that when his wife urged him to reconsider leaving home, he responded, "I've got work to do".




At the news conference, Acevedo became choked up describing Perez as "one of the sweetest people I've ever met".

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

The officer's death is the 15th fatality in Texas claimed by Hurricane Harvey or the rains it spawned after making landfall, the Chronicle reported.

In a statement released on Twitter, the police force said: "Sergeant Perez was bravely serving the City of Houston in the face of this unprecedented weather-related disaster".

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