H/T Blue Lives Matter.

R.I.P.Houston Police Sergeant Steve Perez.

Houston Officer Drowns

Houston, TX – A 30-year veteran Houston Police Officer drowned in his patrol car on Sunday morning, and his body is being recovered on Tuesday.

The officer’s family has not yet been notified and his identity isn’t immediately available.

According to Houston Chronicle, the officer was driving to work on Sunday when he got trapped by high water at I-45 and Hardy Toll Rd.

He tried different routes to get around and took a wrong turn. The officer became trapped in his vehicle by the floodwater but was unable to get out.

There have been 15 known deaths as of the result of flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Houston police officers have been rescuing thousands of people in the city of 2.2 million, and many thousands more are still in need of help.

Houston police officers continue to sleep in stations and are working constantly to rescue people. At least 160 Houston Police Officers’ families and property have been significantly affected by the flooding, but those officers continue to work around the clock.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the fallen officer and his family and all of the police officers working in the flood zones. Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

As of Tuesday morning, there is no current legitimate account to donate to the officer’s family.

UPDATE: The fallen hero has been identified as Sergeant Steve Perez.

Houston, TX – Houston Police Sergeant Steve Perez drowned while trying to respond to work in his patrol car Sunday Morning.

At around 4:30 AM, Sergeant Perez, 60, left his home to try to drive in to his station. His wife urged him to reconsider going in to work, but the 34-year veteran told her, “I’ve got work to do.”

The sergeant spent two and a half hours driving around trying to find a route around the flooding. He called his command to let them know that he couldn’t make it to his duty station. He then attempted to respond to a different station in Kingwood in order to help there.

The dive team and the Cajun Navy launched a search for Sergeant Perez. His body was located in his patrol car Sunday night. It appears that in the darkness he drove into the water at a 16 foot underpass where he drowned in his car.

At the time he was located, conditions were too hazardous to recover him. Officers remained on watch until the morning. His body was finally recovered at 8 AM Tuesday.

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Sergeant Perez leaves behind his wife, son, and daughter.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Sergeant Steve Perez. Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Sergeant Steve Perez, your life mattered.

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