Houston Police Sergeant Drowns Trying To Get To Work During Hurricane Harvey

by Garry Watts August 30, 2017, 1:27
Houston Police Sergeant Drowns Trying To Get To Work During Hurricane Harvey

Perez left for work in the dark about 4 a.m. Sunday and "spent about 2½ hours driving around trying to get to his station", Acevedo said.

Perez leaves behind a wife, son and daughter, and was going to turn 61 in two days. According to CBS Dallas Fort Worth, Perez's family had asked him to stay home on Sunday because of the unsafe weather conditions, but Sgt. Perez insisted.

"We couldn't find him", Acevedo said through tears.

A veteran Houston police officer drowned Sunday after he became trapped in floodwaters, officials confirmed Tuesday at an emotional news conference. A drive team volunteer search and rescue force joined the search for Perez, but because of the unsafe waters, they weren't able to recover his body until 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

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On Monday evening at about 10 p.m., "we narrowed the search to Hardy tollway and Beltway".

He drove into an underpass and drowned in floodwater. "Even though we had a high probability he was gone, we always held on to hope", the chief said, adding that he told Perez' wife that they were still looking for him and checking hospitals.

The department has not formally notified the family, the newspaper said. "It gives us collective strength". "I've only been here nine months and we've got, you know, 6,500 employees and I knew who Steve Perez was, because he was a sweet, gentle public servant".

"Today, I will simply say that our hearts are saddened". The smile that overcame that woman's face, that handsome wife, said it all.


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