Houston Police Officer Killed During Tropical Storm Harvey Response

Houston Police Officer Killed During Tropical Storm Harvey Response

A police officer in his patrol auto reportedly drowned Sunday morning after becoming trapped in the floodwaters in Houston.

Perez spent more than two hours trying to find a safe way to his station before calling his commanders and reporting that he could not get to the station, Acevedo said.

Houston police officer Steve Perez drowned in floodwaters while trying to make his way into work to help with the emergency response to Harvey, officials announced on Tuesday (Aug 29).

Perez then followed protocol and attempted to drive to the secondary station in Houston's Kingwood neighborhood, Acevedo said. He was unable to escape his patrol vehicle near I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road.

Perez leaves his wife, Cheryl, a son and a daughter. "They know it's going to be a while because we have some work to do ― work that he would want us to do".

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"Unfortunately in the darkness, Sgt. Perez drove into an underpass that's about 16.5 feet, drove into the water and he died in a flood, in a drowning-type event", Acevedo said.

As he became choked up, Chief Acevedo said, "Steve is one of the sweetest people I've ever met". "We will continue. This police department is resilient, as is this community and I look forward to taking this man and giving him the honors and his family that he so richly deserves". The fallen officer's family told him not to go, and he told them, "I have work to do".

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

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump headed to Texas Tuesday to survey the damage caused from Hurricane Harvey and show their support for Texans affected by the largest natural disaster to hit the state in more than a decade.

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